What does Genevieve mean?
Genevieve /ge-ne-vie-ve/ [3 sylls.] 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.
Related girl name: Guinevere.Kreatif forms: Geneviede, Gernevieve, Gionevieve. [more]
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)
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.