Eugene (given name)

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Meaning"noble", "well-born"
Other names
Related namesOwen, Kevin

Eugene / Eugine is a common masculine given name that comes from the Greek εὐγενής (eugenēs), "noble", literally "well-born",[1] from εὖ (eu), "well"[2] and γένος (genos), "race, stock, kin".[3] Gene is a common shortened form. The feminine variant is Eugenia or Eugenie.

Egon, a common given name in parts of central and northern Europe, is also a variant of Eugene / Eugine. Other male foreign-language variants include:

Albanian Eugjeni
Arpitan Eugêne, Genio
Asturian Euxeniu
Asian Eugine
Basque Euken(i)
Belarusian Jaŭhien (Яўген), Jaŭhienij (Яўгеній), Yauhen (Яўген)
Breton Ujan
Bulgarian Евгени (Evgeni)
Catalan Eugeni
Chinese 叶甫盖尼 (Mandarin – Yè Fǔ Gài Ní, from Slavic Languages), 尤金 (Mandarin – Yóu Jīn, from Latin languages+English), 欧根 (Mandarin – Ōu Gēn, from Germanic languages minus English)
Croatian Eugen
Czech Evžen
Dutch Eugeen
Esperanto Eŭgeno
Estonian Eugen
French Eugène, Yvain
Galician Uxío
German Eugen , Eugine
Greek Ευγένιος (Evgénios)
Hungarian Jenő, Eugén
Irish Eóghan,[4][5] (Eóġan pre 1948), Eoin
Italian Eugenio
Japanese ユージーン、ユージィン
Korean 유진 (Yujin, Yoojin)
Latin Eugenius
Latvian Eugenijs/Eižens, Jevgēņijs/Jevgeņijs/Jevgenijs
Lithuanian Eugenijus
Macedonian Евгениј (Evgenij, Yevgenij)
Occitan Eugèni
Piedmontese Genio
Polish Eugeniusz (Gienek)
Portuguese Eugênio (Brazil), Eugénio (Portugal)
Romanian Eugen, Eugeniu
Russian Евгений (transliterated as Evgeni, Evgeniy, Evgeny, Evgenii, Evgueni, Eugeny, Eugeniy, Ievgeny, Jevgeni, Jevgeny, Yevgeny, Yevgeni, Yevgeniy, in German often as Jewgenij or Jewgeni)
Scottish Gaelic Eoghann,[5] Ewan, Euan
Serbian Еуген (Eugen), Евгеније (Evgenije)
Sicilian Eugeniu
Slovak Eugen
Slovenian Evgen
Spanish Eugenio
Swedish Eugen
Syriac ܐܘܓܝܢ (Augin)
Ukrainian Євген (national translit. Yevhen, also occur Ievhen, Yevgen, Ievgen), Євгеній (Yevhenii, also occur Yevgenii, Ievhenii, Ievgenii, Yevheniy, Yevgeniy, Ievheniy), Евген (Evhen), Ївген (Yivhen)
Welsh Owain,[4][5] Owen,[4][5] Ouein,[4] Oen,[4] Ewein,[4] Ywein/Ywain,[4] Yuein,[4]

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Television and film[edit]

  • Gene L. Coon (1924–1973), American screenwriter and television producer
  • Eugene (Kim Yoo-jin, born 1981), South Korean singer, actress, and emcee
  • Eugene Cordero, American actor
  • Gene Eugene (1961–2000), Canadian born actor, record producer, engineer, composer and musician
  • Eugenio Derbez (born 1961), Mexican comedian, actor, and Formula Three auto driver
  • Gene Hackman (born 1930), American actor
  • Gene Kelly (1912–1996), American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer
  • Eugene Levy (born 1946), Jewish-Canadian actor
  • Eugene Mirman (born 1974), Russian-born American comedian, writer, and filmmaker
  • Evgeny Perlin (born 1990), Belarusian journalist and television presenter
  • Gene Rayburn (1917–1999), American gameshow host and radio personality
  • Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991), American scriptwriter and producer
  • Eugène Saccomano (born 1936), French radio journalist and non-fiction author
  • Gene Siskel (1946–1999), American film critic
  • Gene Wilder (1933–2016), American actor







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  1. ^ εὐγενής, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  2. ^ εὖ, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  3. ^ γένος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Morgan, T.J. and Morgan, Prys, Welsh Surnames, University of Wales, 1985, Owain (Owen, Bowen, Ednowain). According to T.J. Morgan in Welsh Surnames (page 172/173) Owen is a derivation of the Latin Eugenis “ > [Old Welsh] Ou(u)ein, Eug(u)ein … 'variously written in [Middle Welsh] as Ewein, Owein, Ywein. LL gives the names Euguen, Iguein, Yuein, Ouein. The corresponding form in Irish is Eoghan.” Morgan notes that there are less likely alternative explanations and agrees with Dr. Rachel Bromwich that Welsh Owein “is normally latinized as Eugenius," and both the Welsh and Irish forms are Latin derivatives. Additionally, another latinized variations of the name Owen is Audoenus in certain parish registers
  5. ^ a b c d Surnames of the United Kingdom, reprinted for Clearfield Company, INC by Genealogical Publishing Co. INC, Baltimore 1995, 1996. Entry notes that the most likely and widely accepted origin of Owen (Old Welsh Owain, Irish Gaelic Eoghan, and Scottish Gaelic Eoghann,) is from Latin Eugenius. “Cormic gives this origin for Eogan (one MS, Eogen); and Zimmer considers Owen to be borrowed from Latin Eugens, as noted by MacBain, p. 400. The mediaeval Latinization of Owen as Oenus led to a belief that the etymology was the Welsh and Breton oen ‘lamb’. With much stronger reason it was at one time considered that the name represented Irish eoghunn = Gael. Ogan- [f.Old Irish oc- Welsh og, young], ‘youth’.