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What does Genevieve mean?

Genevieve [ge-ne-vie-ve] as a girls' name is pronounced JEN-a-veev. It is of French origin. Possibly means "people, tribe, woman", from the Celtic gen. Geneviève is the French version of the Latin name Genovefa used during the fifth century. Saint Genevieve, the patroness of Paris, was a fifth-century virgin who defended Paris against the invadsions of Attila the Hun and the Franks. Saint Genevieve of Brabant was a tenth-century woman who according to myth, was falsely accused by her husband of adultery. The story created much interest in the 19th century as told by Schumann in 1850 and Offenbach in an opera in 1859. Actress Genevieve Bujold.

Associated with: virgin, myth, story (literary), 19th century, opera.


Genevieve has 19 variants: Gena, Genavieve, Geneva, Geneve, Geneveeve, Genevie, Genivee, Genivieve, Gennie, Genny, Genoveffa, Genovera, Genoveva, Gina, Ginevra, Janeva, Jenevieve, Jennie and Jenny.

Related girl name: Guinevere.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gaenevieve, Geneviene, ..

(male) Genevievan, Genevieves, ..

How popular is Genevieve?

Genevieve is a very popular first name for females (#333 out of 4276, Top 8%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Genevieve for girls. Genevieve reached its highest rank of #82 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #210 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Genevieve name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Genevieve outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Genevieve (#210 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000 are Gena, Geneva (#1378 in recent rankings), Genevie, Gennie, Genoveva, Gina (#1462), Guinevere (#1408), Jennie and Jenny (#822). These relations of Genevieve were popular with parents during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.63%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.13%, 79.6%), with forms such as Jenny becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Genevieve, Gena, Geneva, Genevie, Gennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Genoveva, Gina, Guinevere, Jennie, Jenny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jenny outside U.S.

Similar Names


Genevieve is pronounced similarly to Jenavieve and Jennavieve. Other suggested similar names are Geegee, Genesia, Genesies (see Genesis), Genesis, Genesiss, Genette, Genever, Genevia, Genevra, Genevre, Genie, Geniver, Gennivre, Ginevre, Guenever (see Guinevere), Guenevere and Gwenevere. These names tend to be less frequently used than Genevieve.