Diminutive of Eugene, Greek
"wellborn, noble"

Gene Origin and Meaning

The name Gene is a boy's name meaning "wellborn, noble".

Like Ray, a formerly funky nickname name that is newly cool. Comedian Amy Schumer used it for her son.

While technically Gene is short for Eugene, it can certainly be used on its own as an honor name for grandpa Eugene or even grandma Jean.

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Gene Popularity

Famous People Named Gene

  • Gene KellyAmerican actor, singer, and dancer
  • Gene RoddenberryAmerican TV screenwriter
  • Gene Elliott ThorntonJr. aka No Malice, American rapper
  • Gene WilderAmerican actor
  • Gene HackmanAmerican actor
  • Sailor Gene Gardnerson of Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner
  • Gene David Fischer(b. 2019), son of comedian Amy Schumer and chef Chris Fischer

Gene in Pop Culture

  • Gene Belchercharacter in animated series "Bob's Burgers"
  • Gene Vidalcharacter in movie "Amelia"
  • Gene Friesencharacter in TV series "Eastwick"
  • Gene Vaginacharacter in "Rick and Morty"
  • Eugene "Gene" Draperthird child of Don Draper on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Genecharacter in video game "Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops"
  • Genemain character in video game "God Hand"
  • Gene Forrestermain character in "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles
  • Genecharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • Genemain character in "The Emoji Movie"
  • Gene LundyMedford High School's resident drama teacher on the TV series "Young Sheldon"