Gender: Male Meaning of Eugene: "wellborn, noble" Origin of Eugene: Greek Eugene's Popularity in 2019: #785

Eugene Origin and Meaning

The name Eugene is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "wellborn, noble".

Eugene is a classic that has rather lost its way. On the one hand, it's a grandpa, even great-grandpa name that hasn't been one of the cool kids recently—or to quote Jim Carrey, who 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.

And yet! Eugene has had a long history of popularity, as a Top 50 name from 1880 to the 1940s. In fact, it has never been out of the Top 1000, making it a classic that's still given to hundreds of boys each year. It's even stopped falling in the last few years, and we could speculate that one day it will return to style.

Also on the plus side, there were four popes and several saints named Eugene. 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, is chic and elegant, belonging to one of the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York.

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Rank in US: #785

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Famous People Named Eugene

Pop Culture References for the name Eugene

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)


emcmullen Says:


Am I the only one that associates the name Eugene with Eugenics? Too controversial...

Catherine D Says:


Yes! Adventures In Odyssey for the win! Eugene Meltsener was the BEST!!!!!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I used to find Eugene extremely unappealing, but after a couple of good TV show characters to associate it with, I like it a lot more.

danirose01 Says:


I think Eugene is handsome and smooth. Would ~maybe~ use it.

mymel0dy Says:


I have loved the name Eugene for quite a long time. I think that love is helped by having known a very cool guy who just happened to be named Eugene. A name does not make a person cool or not cool, coolness is all determined by the person. Their name is just what they are called.

alliebelle Says:


I disagree with the description. It takes a very, very, very cool person to pull off the name Eugene... but it can very much be done.

snowsbeloved Says:


Although I wrote a semi-positive comment, I kind of agree with you. And I just can't imagine a baby or preschooler with that name! Sadly, because of film and television using Eugene as a name for a stereotypical nerd character, I CAN imagine a 7yr old+ person with this name.

snowsbeloved Says:


As a kid, I found this name terribly dorky. The children's program Adventures in Odyssey series reinforced this image. Then Disney's Tangled came out. I loved that film and the character that bore that name. But as for the name itself, yep, still hopelessly dorky. I'd never consider this as a name for my future son(s). But... If you're into the nerdy/hipster thing, I think it'll work. Or if you like to blend nerdy/bookish with fusty grandpa, then I can see it. If it catches on, it can be resuscitated to its formal glory as a top name. Go, Eugene!

Zelliew Says:


It's just my first, subjective feeing when I see the name Eugene. Some names you instantly like & some you don't.

Eu Says:


Why, precisely?

EleanorAll1 Says:


Please, God, do not bring this back.

Zelliew Says:


Gene - yes Eugene - no

lesliemarion Says:


Me too. It is sensitive and classic. And Gene is a cool nickname. That being said, I like Eugenia for a girl too.

raevynstar Says:


Yes! I love it too.

Nooshi Says:


I must say, I love Eugene, especially with the nn Gene.