What does Genevieve mean?
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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Genevieve (#210 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Gena, Geneva, Genoveva, Gina, Jennie and Jenny (#822 in 2014). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5326%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1383%, down 74%), 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. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Genevieve and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Genevieve is pronounced similarly to Jenavieve. This name tends to be less frequently used than Genevieve.