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What does Ginger mean?

Ginger Pronunciation of 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.

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

Creative forms:
(female) Giger, Gingen, ..

(male) Gingar, Gingen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ginger Marianna (G.M.), ..

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)

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. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Ginger rated in the Top 2000 are Gigi, Gina (#1967 via latest list), Ginny and Virginia (#522). 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 98.5%), 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.