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Jennifer meaning and name origin
Jennifer \j(e)-nni-fer\ as a girl's name is pronounced JEN-ee-fer, JEN-if-er. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Jennifer is "fair and smooth". From Gwenhwyfar, which also can mean "white waves". Variant of Guinevere. Mythology: in Arthurian tales, Guinevere was Arthur's queen. The name is made popular by film celebrity Jennifer Jones. Literary: Bernard Shaw used the name for the character of Jennifer Dubedat in "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1905). Jenifer is a spelling variant used especially in Cornwall. See also Gaynor and Ginevra. Actresses Jennifer Gray, Jennifer Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer O'Neill, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez.
Jennifer has 37 variant forms: Genever, Genifer, Genna, Genni, Gennie, Gennifer, Gennifur, Geniffer, Gennivre, Genny, Jeffie, Jen, Jena, Jenefer, Jeneffer, Jeni, Jenifer, Jeniffer, Jenifre, Jenipher, Jenn, Jenna, Jennafer, Jenne, Jennee, Jennefer, Jenneffer, Jenney, Jenni, Jennica, Jennie, Jennifeur, Jenniffer, Jenniver, Jenny, Jennyfer and Jenyfer.
For more information, see also the related name Jenessa.
Baby names that sound like Jennifer are Janifer and Geniver.
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Popularity of Jennifer
Jennifer is a very popular first name for women (#6 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#40381 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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