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Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. YOO-jeen
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Meaning & History

English form of Eugenius, the Latin form of the Greek name Εὐγένιος (Eugenios), which was derived from the Greek word εὐγενής (eugenes) meaning "well born". It is composed of the elements εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and γενής (genes) meaning "born". This was the name of several saints and four popes.

This name was not particularly common in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. It became more popular in part due to the fame of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), a French-born general who served the Austrian Empire. A notable bearer was the American playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953).

Related Names

DiminutiveGene
Feminine FormEugenia
Other Languages & CulturesEugenios, Eugenius(Ancient Greek) Owain, Yvain, Ywain(Arthurian Romance) Yauhen(Belarusian) Evgeni, Genko, Geno(Bulgarian) Eugen(Croatian) Eugen, Evžen(Czech) Eugène(French) Uxío(Galician) Eugen(German) Evgenios(Greek) Eugenio(Italian) Eižens, Jevgēņijs, Jevgeņijs(Latvian) Eugenijus(Lithuanian) Evgenij(Macedonian) Ugène(Norman) Eugeniusz(Polish) Eugênio(Portuguese) Eugen(Romanian) Evgeni, Evgeniy, Evgeny, Yevgeni, Yevgeniy, Yevgeny, Genya, Zhenya(Russian) Eugen(Slovak) Eugenio(Spanish) Evhen, Yevgen, Yevhen, Yevheniy(Ukrainian) Owain, Owen(Welsh) Owain(Welsh Mythology)
Same SpellingEugène

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France: July 13 (as Eugène)

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