Meaning and name origin
Genevieve \ge-nevie-ve, gen(e)-vieve\ as a girl's 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 information, see also the related girl name Guinevere.
Genevieve is a very popular first name for females (#333 out of 4276, Top 8%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Genevieve for girls. Genevieve reached its highest rank of #80 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Genevieve and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Genevieve (#210), Jenny (#822), Gina, Jennie, Genoveva, Gena and Geneva. (2014 statistics).
Genevieve is also pronounced similarly to Jenavieve. This name tends to be less commonly used than Genevieve.