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Gender: F Meaning of Eugenia: "wellborn" Origin of Eugenia: Feminine variation of Eugene, Greek

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Eugenia, a name scarcely used at all since the 1980's, is another that flourished a century ago and could be due for a revival.

Eugenia has some interesting literary references, including the fascinating Baroness Eugenie Munster in Henry James's The Europeans and Eugenia Alabaster, a leading character in A. S. Byatt's Angels and Insects, and it was also the birth name of Skeeter in the book and film The Help.

The third century St. Eugenia, an early Roman Christian martyr, is remembered for disguising herself as a man to escape persecution.

Music lovers will be familiar with the name of renowned flute virtuoso Eugenia Zukerman.

Famous People Named Eugenia

Saint Eugenia of Rome
Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica
Eugenia Errázuriz, Chilean patron of the arts
Eugenia Manolidou, Greek composer and conductor
Eugenie de Montijo aka Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero de Guzmán y Kirkpatrick, wife of Napoleon III of France
Eugenia Price, American novelist
Eugenia Smith, claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
Eugênia Câmara, Portuguese actress
Isabella Clara Eugenia, daughter of King Philip II of Spain
María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira, Uruguayan teacher and poet
Eugenia Volodina, Russian model

Pop Culture References for the Name Eugenia

Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, in the U.S. novel and film "The Help"
Eugenia Willans, on the U.S. soap "Days of Our Lives"
Eugenia Spence, character in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

Eugenee, Eugenina, Eugina, Geena, Gena, Gene, Genia, Genie, Janie, Jeena, Jenna, Jennie

Eugenia's International Variations

Eugénie, Génie (French) Evgenia, Zenechka, Zenya, Yevgenia (Russian)