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Meaning and Name Origin

Eugene \e(u)-ge-ne\ as a boys' name is pronounced yoo-JEEN. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Eugene is "noble aristocrat". From the Old French form of the Greek Eugenios (from eugenês, with the elements eu "good, well" and genos "birth, origin"). Also sometimes used as an Anglicized form of Irish Aodhagan and Eoghan. The name was borne by various saints, two bishops and four popes. Saint Eugenius (seventh century), bishop of Toledo, Spain, was also a musician and poet. Senator Eugene McCarthy; playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Eugène Ionesco; artist Eugéne Delacroix.


Variations

Eugene has 24 variants: Efigenio, Efigenios, Efigenius, Ephigenio, Ephigenios, Eugen, Eugenio, Eugenios, Eugenius, Eugeniusz, Evgeni, Evgeny, Evgueni, Evguenni, Gene, Geno, Ifigenio, Ifigenios, Iphigenios, Iphigenius, Jeno, Owen, Yevgeni and Yevgeny.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Aodh, Euan, Ewan and Gino.

Eugene has 2 more related forms via Eoghan: Jevon and Owain.

Eugene has 1 feminine form: Eugenia.


Popularity

Eugene is a very popular first name for men (#80 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#6970 out of 88799, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Eugene for boys. Eugene reached its highest position of #24 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #790 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eugene name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eugene outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Eugene and related names. Eoghan, Euan, Eugenio, Ewan, Gene, Gino (#942 a year ago), Jevon and Owen (#36) are the prominent varying forms of Eugene (#790 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1920-1929 and is now significantly less, with the forms Eugene, Eugenio, Gene, Gino and Jevon becoming somewhat outmoded. Owen (#36) is the most fashionable birth name in this list, with this name having a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eugene, Eugenio, Gene, Gino, Jevon, Owen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eoghan, Euan, Ewan, Owen outside U.S.


Similar Names

Eugene is alike in pronunciation to Eagen. This name tends to be less commonly used than Eugene.

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