Eugenie and her royal descent

Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Eugenie is the french form of Eugenia, which comes from the latin Eugenius, meaning well born. It holds the key to the whimsical nickname Genie.

The masculine form, Eugene, ranks in the US Top 1000 at #744, whilst Eugenie does not.

The name is currently borne by the Princess Eugenie of York, who is sixth in line of succession to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realm states, right after her equally well-named sister, Princess Beatrice.

As if that isn’t enough royal pedigree, there is also Princess Eugenie of Sweden and Norway (1830-1889), her father was Oscar I of Sweden. She was the first woman in Sweden to request and be granted legal independance.

Victoria Eugenie of Battenburg (1887-1969) was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Queen Consort of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The current King of Spain is her grandson.

Sainte Eugénie is a French saint, who’s feast day is the 7th of February in France.

I find Eugenie to be a delightful name, and can only hope that it begins to receive the attention it deserves. A virtually unknown royal gem, for sure.

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