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Gender: M Meaning of Eugene: "wellborn, noble" Origin of Eugene: Greek Eugene's Popularity in 2013: #779

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Eugene is a grandpa name that at least so far has shown no signs of rejuvenating-- or to quote Jim Carrey, whose middle name this is, "You can never get too cool with a name like Eugene." The hero of Disney's "Tangled felt the same way, when he changed his birthname of Eugene to the more romantic Flynn.

On the plus side, there were four popes named Eugene, and it's had a long history of popularity, as a Top 50 name from about 1875 to the 1940s. Literary namesake: Eugene O'Neill, and in art history Eugene Delacroix. In addition, there is the classic Russian novel by Pushkin, Eugene Onegin and Eugene is the name Neil Simon used for his stand-in in three autobiographical plays, starting with Brighton Beach Memoirs.

The female form, Eugenie, on the other hand, is quite stylish, belonging to one of the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York.

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Famous People Named Eugene

Eugene O'Neill, American playwright
Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American geologist
Eugene McCarthy, American politician and poet
Eugene Amano, American NFL football player
Eugene Sims, American NFL football player
Eugene Monroe, American NFL football player
Eugene Ionesco, Romanian dramatist
Eugene Pip, son of actress Billie Piper (born April 2012)
Eugene Mirman, Russian-born American comedian
Eugene Osment, American actor
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, Canadian actor
Eugene Wigner, Hungarian American theoretical physicist, mathematician and Nobel prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Eugene

Eugene Wrayburn, character in Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend
Eugene Tannenbaum, from the movie "Evan Almighty"
Eugene Fitzherbert "Flynn Rider" in Disney's Tangled
Mr. Eugene Krabs from SpongeBob Squarepants
Eugene Horowitz, character from animated TV series Hey Arnold

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Eugene's International Variations

Evzen (Czech) Eugenius (Dutch) Eugène (French) Eugen, Eugenios, Jeno (Greek) Jenö (Hungarian) Eugenio (Italian) Eugeniusz (Polish) Yevgeny, Evgeni (Russian) Yevhen (Ukrainian)