Gene - Meaning of Gene
[ 1 syll. ge-ne, gen-e ] The baby boy name Gene is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as JHiy-N †. Gene is largely used in the English language and it is derived from Old Greek origins. Gene is a contraction of the name Eugene (English and French).
Gene is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1937 with 0.290% of baby boys being given the name Gene. It ranked at #61 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is now of very light use. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Gene, Eugene was the most widely used. Gene has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1949, the name Gene was given to 25 times as many baby boys than girls.
Baby names that sound like Gene include Jean (French), Jeane, Jeanne, Jeen, Gion (German), Gym, Gymm, Cem (Arabic and Turkish), Jaeson, Jam (English), Jan (Czech, Dutch, English, German, Polish, Scandinavian, Belgian, and Slavic), Jasón, Jaym, Jem (English), Jen, Jenö (Hungarian), Jéan, Jhan, Jhon, and Jian.
† Pronunciation for Gene: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Gene:
Actor Gene Hackman, born 30 January 1930, San Bernadino, California.
Actor Gene Wilder, born Jerome Silberman, 11 June 1933, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Clergyman V. Gene Robinson, born Vicky Imogene Robinson, 29 May 1947, Lexington, Kentucky.
Dancer Gene Kelly, born Eugene Curran Kelly, 23 August 1912 - 2 February 1996, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rock Musician Gene Simmons, born Chaim Witz, 25 August 1949, Haifa, Israel.
TV Personality Gene Rayburn, born 22 December 1917 - 29 November 1999, Christopher, Illinois.
TV Producer Gene Roddenberry, born 19 August 1921 - 24 October 1991, El Paso, Texas.