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Gender: M Meaning of Eugene: "wellborn, noble" Origin of Eugene: Greek Eugene's Popularity in 2015: #822

Eugene is a grandpa name that at least so far has shown no signs of rejuvenating—or to quote Jim Carrey, whose bears this name in the middle spot, "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 birth name 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 1880 to the 1940s. A literary namesake is playwright 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.

Famous People Named Eugene

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, American playwright
(Ferdinand Victor) Eugène Delacroix, French Romantic painter
Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs, American socialist politician
Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American geologist
Eugène Simon, French naturalist
Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy, American politician and poet
Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American conductor and violinist
Eugene Louis "Gore" Vidal, American novelist
Eugene "Gene" Cernan, American astronaut
Eugene Amano, American NFL football player
Eugene Sims, American NFL football player
Eugene Monroe, American NFL football player
Eugene Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu), Romanian playwright
Eugene Pip (b. 2012), son of actress Billie Piper
Eugene Mirman, Russian-American comedian
Edwin Eugene (Buzz) Aldrin- American Astronaut
Eugene Osment, American actor
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, Canadian actor
Eugene Wigner, Hungarian American theoretical physicist, mathematician and Nobel prize winner
Eugene Lee Yang, actor and director for Buzzfeed

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 H. Krabs from "SpongeBob Squarepants"
Eugene Horowitz, character from animated TV series "Hey Arnold"
Lucas Eugene Scott, main character on "One Tree Hill"
Eugene Porter, character on "The Walking Dead"
Eugene Roe, Easy Company Medic in "Band of Brothers"
Eugene "Gene" Belcher, character in FOX animated series "Bob's Burgers"
Typical "nerd" name.

Gene, Gino

Eugene's International Variations

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