Gender: Female Pronunciation: YOO-zjen-ee or oo-ZJAY-nee Meaning of Eugenie: "wellborn" Origin of Eugenie: French form of Eugenia, Greek

Eugenie Origin and Meaning

The name Eugenie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "wellborn".

Eugenie enjoyed a major dusting off when Fergie and Prince Andrew chose it for their daughter, restoring a patina of royal sheen it hadn't had since the time of Napoleon III's glamorous empress--who spent much of her life in England. It was also borne by Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, after whom Prince Andrew's younger daughter was named.

Eugenie is the title character of a Balzac novel, Eugenie Grandet and also the full name of Scarlet and Rhett's daughter, nicknamed Bonnie Blue because of the color of her eyes, in Gone With the Wind.

The elegant Eugenie is pronounced differently in different countries. The princess says YOO-zjen-ee while the French pronunciation is more like oo-ZJAY-nee and the Germans say oy-GAIN-ee-ah.

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aedunn2 Says:


I really like the French pronunciation of this name. My grandfather's name was Gene, so this would be a way to honor him. I think Jenny would be a cute nickname! (I love Jenny, but I wouldn't use it as a full name, and I really dislike Jennifer.)

Daiseymae Says:


It is an awful name, because it does make you think of eugenics.

lissrose30 Says:


You-Gene, is how I would pronounce this name.

jordalini Says:


I really like this name, I think its elegant, and cute

Catastroffy Says:


I don't know if there is one correct pronunciation, but it is the French version of Eugenia and in France it would be pronounced "oo-zgen-ee".

vasilisa Says:


It's too close to eugenics--and has the same etymology--so this one seems creepy to me. Eudora and Eulalie are both wonderful, though.

jmsouthern Says:


Evidently, there are multiple acceptable pronunciations for this name. I have an (adult) friend with this lovely name, and she pronounces it WAY-zheh-nee.

vintageluvs Says:


Does anyone know the correct pronounciation of Eugenie? Here, it says yoo-zhay-nee, but Princess Eugenie has said mulitple times that she prounces it yoo-jenny. I love this name so much, and I just want to know the correct pronunciation! Help!

kitchi1 Says:


Bonnie and Victoria are cute. Yeah, I'm not real keen on Eugenie either. I think it's the genie part for me.

SoDallas3 Says:


I thought so as well, overall I really don't love this name, not sure if it's the yoo sound or the genie part. In terms of Gone with the Wind, I much prefer Bonnie Blue or Victoria.

kitchi1 Says:


Isn't 'Eugenie' pronounced yoo-gee-nee? Nameberry says it's yoo-zhay-nee. Weird. I looked up the pronunciation on multiple sites and they all say it like yoo-gee-nee.