Gene

First Name
133k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
489
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gene

"Gene" is a name of English origin, and it means "Well Born". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity ("genes were formerly called factors")
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of Eugene, also used as a formal male given name.

Gene was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Gene

Gene Wilder is an actor, director, writer, and author. He was most active from 1961 to present. Gene was given the name Jerome Silberman on June 11th, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Gene Kelly was a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, singer, producer, and choreography. He was most active from 1938 to 1994. Gene was given the name Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23rd, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. He died on February 2nd, 1996.

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Gene Hackman is an actor and author. He was most active from 1956 to 2004. Gene was given the name Eugene Allen Hackman on January 30th, 1930 in , U.S.

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Gene Simmons is a heavy metal music and hard rock musician. He plays Cort Guitars and Spector. He has had major accomplishments since 1963. Gene was given the name Chaim Witz on August 25th, 1949 in Tirat Carmel. Gene is also known as The Demon and Dr. Love/God of Thunder.

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Gene Roddenberry was a screenwriting, television producer, television writer, and producer. Gene was given the name Eugene Wesley Roddenberry on August 19th, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. Gene is also known as Robert Wesley. He passed away on October 24th, 1991.

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Gene Tierney was an actress. She was most prominent from 1938 to 1938. Gene was given the name Gene Eliza Tierney on November 19th, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on November 6th, 1991.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gene

Marc Gené is a formula one racer for the Scuderia Ferrari.

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Jordi Gené is a racing driver. Jordi was born on December 5th, 1970 in Sabadell.

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Stanley Gene is a rugby player.

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Yohann was born on June 25th, 1981 in Pointe-à-Pitre.

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Giuseppe Gené is an entomologist.

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Juan Carlos Gené was an actor. Juan was born on November 6th, 1929 in Buenos Aires. He breathed his last breath on January 31st, 2012.

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How popular is the baby name Gene in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 7 0 7
1881 12 0 12
1882 21 7 14
1883 10 0 10
1884 11 0 11
1885 25 5 20
1886 13 0 13
1887 26 7 19
1888 24 12 12
1889 20 9 11
1890 28 11 17
1891 31 16 15
1892 38 15 23
1893 34 12 22
1894 27 8 19
1895 42 14 28
1896 48 19 29
1897 30 11 19
1898 44 19 25
1899 37 15 22
1900 74 26 48
1901 54 23 31
1902 66 25 41
1903 77 32 45
1904 81 23 58
1905 68 24 44
1906 88 25 63
1907 89 24 65
1908 98 20 78
1909 120 39 81
1910 123 32 91
1911 147 45 102
1912 241 54 187
1913 324 76 248
1914 461 109 352
1915 633 140 493
1916 636 119 517
1917 716 174 542
1918 813 151 662
1919 836 160 676
1920 1,014 204 810
1921 1,056 183 873
1922 1,303 214 1,089
1923 1,387 217 1,170
1924 1,532 257 1,275
1925 1,953 374 1,579
1926 2,363 278 2,085 #91 boy name
1927 3,047 246 2,801 #72 boy name
1928 3,312 223 3,089 #62 boy name
1929 2,972 161 2,811 #68 boy name
1930 2,951 168 2,783 #70 boy name
1931 2,892 122 2,770 #64 boy name
1932 3,066 117 2,949 #64 boy name
1933 2,865 87 2,778 #66 boy name
1934 2,934 80 2,854 #67 boy name
1935 3,009 69 2,940 #66 boy name
1936 2,981 74 2,907 #66 boy name
1937 3,241 75 3,166 #61 boy name
1938 3,222 75 3,147 #65 boy name
1939 3,083 71 3,012 #69 boy name
1940 3,117 59 3,058 #70 boy name
1941 3,150 77 3,073 #72 boy name
1942 3,253 126 3,127 #82 boy name
1943 2,969 102 2,867 #89 boy name
1944 2,708 107 2,601 #95 boy name
1945 2,479 106 2,373 #100 boy name
1946 2,892 135 2,757 #98 boy name
1947 3,010 114 2,896
1948 2,632 90 2,542
1949 2,538 95 2,443
1950 2,330 79 2,251
1951 2,305 74 2,231
1952 2,135 61 2,074
1953 2,067 62 2,005
1954 1,962 62 1,900
1955 1,951 60 1,891
1956 1,802 48 1,754
1957 1,876 37 1,839
1958 1,865 48 1,817
1959 1,963 35 1,928
1960 1,823 34 1,789
1961 1,693 22 1,671
1962 1,543 31 1,512
1963 1,583 21 1,562
1964 1,557 27 1,530
1965 1,331 21 1,310
1966 1,158 12 1,146
1967 1,092 24 1,068
1968 1,102 31 1,071
1969 1,051 12 1,039
1970 960 26 934
1971 903 25 878
1972 765 24 741
1973 640 14 626
1974 587 17 570
1975 572 17 555
1976 477 14 463
1977 536 13 523
1978 463 10 453
1979 499 11 488
1980 464 12 452
1981 437 19 418
1982 424 11 413
1983 386 12 374
1984 383 9 374
1985 351 7 344
1986 337 9 328
1987 329 7 322
1988 317 13 304
1989 297 6 291
1990 277 10 267
1991 313 8 305
1992 258 6 252
1993 231 10 221
1994 209 0 209
1995 183 9 174
1996 176 6 170
1997 169 5 164
1998 143 7 136
1999 160 0 160
2000 123 0 123
2001 134 5 129
2002 99 0 99
2003 111 5 106
2004 113 5 108
2005 99 6 93
2006 95 0 95
2007 85 0 85
2008 79 0 79
2009 81 0 81
2010 65 0 65
2011 66 5 61
2012 71 0 71
2013 67 0 67
2014 53 0 53
2015 75 8 67
2016 78 0 78
2017 86 0 86

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Popularity of Gene as a first name

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Popularity of Gene as a last name

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Common last names for Gene

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • King
  • Baker
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gene U.S.
  White 22.29% 64.26%
  African American 23.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 42.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gene

People with the last name Gene are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Gene

  • What name lists does Gene rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Gene? Gene is the 531st most popular name of all time. As a last name Gene was the 44,034th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gene have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 133,219 babies born with the first name Gene in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gene to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gene? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Gene first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gene is Saturday, July 31st, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Gene born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gene was in 1937 with a total of 3,166 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gene!
  • Random Gene Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gene ranks 37th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 36 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Gene: Your name in reverse order is Eneg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gene. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gene? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 489 people with the last name Gene.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gene? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gene as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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