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What does Gene mean?

Gene Pronunciation of Gene [gene] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gene) is pronounced jeen. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Gene is "noble aristocrat". Short form of Eugene. Used as an independent name since the late 19th century. Actors Gene Kelly, Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman; jazz musician Gene Krupa.

Associated with: greek, 19th century.


Gene has 3 variants: Genio, Geno and Jeno.

1 more alternative form via Eugene: Owen.

1 feminine form: Gina.

Creative forms:
(male) Gener, Geon, ..

(female) Gener, Geve, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gene Arnold (G.A.), ..

How popular is Gene?

Gene is a very prominent first name for males (#200 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#39176 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gene reached its peak rank of #66 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gene name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Gene are Owen (#36 via latest list), Eugene (#822) and Geno. Usage of these forms of Gene was common during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.99%) and has become much less since (usage 0.52%, 48% less), with versions such as Gene falling out of fashion. Owen is more familiar than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gene, Eugene, Geno, Owen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gene is pronounced similarly to Gian, Jan, Janne, Jean, Jon, Jonn and June. Other recommended names are Arne, Bane, Benne, Berne, Dane, Deane, Dene, Enne, Fane, Gabe, Gage, Gaine, Gale, Gayne, Ged, Gefen, Geir, Geof, Ger, Gere, Gerek, Gery, Gide, Gino, Glen, Glenn, Gore, Gun, Gunn, Gunne, Heine, Herne, Kane, Keane, Keene, Keyne, Lane, Leone, Rane, Rene, Renne, Rune, Ryne, Tune, Vane, Verne and Zane. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gene.

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