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What does Ginger mean?

Ginger /gin-ger/ as a girls' name is pronounced JIN-jer. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Ginger is "pep, liveliness; ginger".

Refers to the pungent root used as a spice. Also, nickname for Virginia (Latin) "virgin". Made famous by actress Ginger Rogers.

Associated with: virgin


Ginger has 4 variants: Gingee, Gingie, Ginjer and Jinger.

Ginger has 11 more related forms via Virginia: Gigi, Gina, Gingia, Ginia, Ginnee, Ginni, Ginnie, Ginny, Ginya, Jinjer and Virge.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Giger, Gingerri, ..

(male) Gingen, Gingerry, ..

How popular is Ginger?

Ginger is a very popular first name for women (#428 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#20711 out of 150436, Top 14%). (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 Ginger for girls. Ginger entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its apex position of #226 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Ginger and associated names. Popular related forms of Ginger rated in the Top 2000 are Gigi, Gina (#1462 via latest list), Ginny and Virginia (#581). Usage of these forms of Ginger reached its peak during 1920-1929 (adoption of 2.22%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.03%, down 98.6%), with forms like Ginger becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ginger, Gigi, Gina, Ginny, Virginia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ginger and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Anner, Eimer, Gayner, Geegee, Genae, Gene, Genever, Genie, Genifer (see Jennifer), Geniver, Gig, Ginara, Ginebra, Ginevra, Ginevre, Ginna, Gipsee (see Gypsy), Gipsey, Gitte, Greer, Grier, Guinever, Gunne, Gunnel, Gwinne, Hunter, Inger, Kimber, Pier, Piper, Silver, Winter, Wister and Wynter. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ginger.