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What does Eugene mean?

Eugene Pronunciation of Eugene 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, old, good, irish (gaelic)


VARIANTS Efigenio, Efigenios, Efigenius, Ephigenio, Ephigenios, Eugen, Eugenio, Eugenios, Eugenius, Eugeniusz, Evgeni, Evgeny, Evgueni, Evguenni, Gene, Geno, Ifigenio, Ifigenios, Iphigenios, Iphigenius, Jeno, Owen, Yevgeni, Yevgeny

SEE ALSO Aodh, Euan, Ewan, Gino




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How popular is Eugene?

Eugene is a very popular first name for men (#80 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#9436 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Eugene reached its highest position of #24 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #862 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Eoghan, Euan, Eugenio, Ewan (#1603 VIA LATEST LIST), Gene, Geno, Gino (#1138) and Owen (#25) are the prominent varying forms of Eugene (#862) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Eugene was more pronounced among parents a century ago (MEDIAN #1077) and is somewhat less today (#1514, 45%), with forms such as Gene becoming less stylish. Owen is the most fashionable birth name in this list.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gino, 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. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Arsene, Burne, Dene, Duane, Duayne, Dunne, Eaden, Eagan, Eagle, Eben, Eden, Efren, Egan, Egann (see Egan), Egide, Egon, Eiden, Elden, Elger, Elgin, Elgine, Elven, Emlen, Enne, Erlend, Ervine, Ethen, Etienne, Eudel, Euell, Euen, Eumann, Eunan, Eusebe, Even, Ewen, Gunne, June, Keene, Luverne, Rene, Rune, Signe and Tune. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eugene.

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