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

The name Eugenia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "wellborn". Eugenia and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Eugenia

Saint Eugenia of Rome, early martyr
(María) Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero de Guzmán y Kirkpatrick, birth name of Eugenie de Montijo, Empress consort of Napoleon III of France
Eugenia Maximilianovna, Princess of Leuchtenberg, Duchess Alexander of Oldenburg
Charlotta Eugenia Augusta Amalia Albertina "Eugénie," Princess of Sweden and Norway
Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica
Eugenia Errázuriz, Chilean patron of the arts
Eugenia Manolidou, Greek composer and conductor
Eugenia Price, American novelist
Eugenia Smith, claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
Eugenia Câmara, Portuguese actress
Eugenia Sullivan Cooney, American YouTuber who's best known for having an extremely thin body
(María) Eugenia Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 12th Duchess of Montoro
María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira, Uruguayan teacher and poet
Eugenia Volodina, Russian model
Eugenia, Princess of Hanover (b. 2001) daughter of Prince Heinrich of Hanover

Pop Culture References for the name Eugenia

Eugenia Cooney, Youtuber
Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, in the U.S. novel and film "The Help"
Eugenia Willans, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Eugenia Spence, character in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
Eugenia Victoria, Scarlet O'Hara's intended name for her daughter in "Gone With the Wind"
English: "you-Genie-uh"

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

Eugenia's International Variations

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


miagara Says:


Galician variation of this name is Uxía (Uxío for boys) and I think it's really pretty and unique! Says:


this name is so pretty but it has the same base as ' eugenics ' .... maybe stick with Eudora?

I'm a Banana Says:


I just think of Eugenia Cooney.

alextheindigo Says:


Sound much prettier in Spanish than English.

zhenya Says:


This is my name and I hate it!!! growing up i would get teased as "Eugene Crabs" from spongebob. No one can ever pronounce it correctly (its pronounced You-Jen-Ea) nor spell it.

cabosanmucus Says:


As Nameberry would say, it's clunky cute!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I actually quite like it. Cute :)

Haids1987 Says:


I think that the EU- is lovely, but I just cannot get onboard with this name as a whole. I don't think it's pretty sounding, and I don't think it's cute. I can't say I would look at my beautiful brand new baby girl and bestow this name upon her, but that's my weirdness.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Quite honestly, I find Eugene pretty ugly. But Eugenia sounds very mysterious and exotic-- I really like it!

Eva Thyssen Says:


Eugenia Phelan, Skeeter, from The help, is a lovely namesake :)

LadyOh Says:


I'm not sure what's the appropriate pronunciation: you-Jean-eee-ah? I pronounce it this way. I like it.

JazzieJonez Says:


A truly gorgeous name that will never get the respect it deserves

MaryKathryn Says:


I really like this name especially with the nickname Eugenie. My dad's first name is Eugene, and even though he doesn't go by his first, I still think it would be a good way to honor him.