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What does Guinevere mean?

Guinevere Pronunciation of Guinevere [guin-e-vere] as a girls' name is pronounced GWIN-a-veer. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Guinevere is "fair and smooth". From the Old French form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar, from gwen "fair, blessed, holy" and hwyfar "soft, smooth". An early form of Jennifer and Gaynor. Mythology: King Arthur's queen.

Associated with: fair (beautiful), old, blessed, mythology.


Guinevere has 53 variants: Finnabhair, Gaenna, Gaynor, Genever, Genevieve, Genevra, Geniffer, Geniver, Genivra, Genna, Gennie, Gennifer, Genny, Ginevra, Guenever, Guenevere, Gueniver, Guenna, Guennola, Guinever, Guinna, Gwen, Gwenevere, Gweniver, Gwenn, Gwennie, Gwennola, Gwennora, Gwennore, Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwenore, Gwyn, Gwynn, Gwynna, Gwynne, Janifer, Jen, Jeni, Jenifer, Jennee, Jenni, Jennie, Jennifer, Jenny, Vera, Wendee, Wendie, Wendy, Win, Winne, Winnie and Winny.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Guinevere?

Guinevere is an uncommon given name for females. Guinevere is an equally rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Guinevere entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its highest position of #1336 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Guinevere (#1336 in 2015) are Genevieve (#182 in 2015), Genevra, Genna, Gennie, Gwen (#746), Gwenn, Gwyn, Gwynne, Jeni, Jenifer, Jenni, Jennie, Jennifer (#252), Jenny (#968), Vera (#312), Wendie, Wendy (#936) and Winnie (#1188). These forms of Guinevere were at the top of their popularity in the 1970s (average #1188) and are now significantly less widespread (#1469, down 93.9%), with versions such as Winnie becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Guinevere, Genevieve, Genevra, Genna, Gennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwen, Gwenn, Gwyn, Gwynne, Jeni in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenifer, Jenni, Jennie, Jennifer, Jenny in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Vera, Wendie, Wendy, Winnie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jennifer, Jenny, Vera outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Geneve, Geneveeve, Genevie, Genevre, Genivee, Gennivre, Genovera, Ginebra, Ginelle, Ginette, Ginevre, Gingee, Ginger, Ginjer (see Ginger), Ginnee and Gunnvor. These names tend to be more commonly used than Guinevere.

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