Meaning and Name Origin
Genevieve \ge-nevie-ve, gen(e)-vieve\ as a girls' name is pronounced JEN-a-veev. It is of French origin. Possibly (Old German) "white wave" or (Celtic) "of the race of women". Saint Genevieve, the patroness of Paris, was a fifth-century virgin who defended Paris against the depredations of Attila the Hun, among others. Actress Genevieve Bujold.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Guinevere.
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)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Genevieve for girls. Genevieve reached its highest rank of #80 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #210 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Genevieve and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Genevieve (#210 in 2014) are Gena, Geneva, Genoveva, Gina, Jennie and Jenny (#822 in 2014). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and are now significantly less popular, with forms such as Geneva, Genoveva, Gina, Jennie and Jenny becoming somewhat dated. Genevieve (#210) is the most chic birth name in this list, with this name enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Genevieve▲ is pronounced similarly to Jenavieve. This name tends to be less frequently used than Genevieve.