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What does Jennifer mean?

Jennifer Pronunciation of Jennifer [jen-nifer] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: fair (beautiful), smooth (gentle), white, waves (sea), queen.


Jennifer has 37 variants: Genever, Genifer, Geniffer, Genna, Genni, Gennie, Gennifer, Gennifur, 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.

Related girl names: Geneva, Jenessa and Juniper.

2 more related forms via Gaynor, Ginevra, Guinevere, Jenifer: Geniver and Janifer.

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Middle name pairings:
Jennifer Maddison (J.M.), ..

How popular is Jennifer?

Jennifer is a very prominent first name for women (#6 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#45482 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Jennifer was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #1 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #252 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Jenna (#298 a year ago), Juniper (#429), Jenny (#968), Geneva (#1219), Guinevere (#1336), Jennefer, Jenniffer, Jennie, Jenni, Jenifer, Gennie, Genna, Jeffie, Jena, Jeni, Jenessa and Jeniffer are the popular variation forms of Jennifer (#252 a year ago). These forms of Jennifer reached the height of their popularity 5 decades ago (average #1183) and have become much less common since (#1583, 96%), with forms like Jenifer becoming somewhat outmoded. Jennifer is the firm favorite, although Juniper appears to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jennifer, Geneva, Genna, Gennie, Guinevere in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeffie, Jena, Jenessa, Jeni, Jenifer in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeniffer, Jenna, Jennefer, Jenni, Jennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenniffer, Jenny, Juniper in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bennie, Dennie, Dennise, Hennie, Jannice, Jannie, Jannine, Jeanice, Jeanie, Jeanine, Jeannie, Jeannine, Jenice, Jenie, Jenilea (see Jenilee), Jenilee, Jenine, Jenise, Jennabel, Jennae, Jennalee, Jennasee, Jennet, Jennice, Jennielee (see Jenilee), Jennika, Jennilee, Jennilyn, Jennine, Jennis, Jennita, Jennylee, Jensine, Jinnie, Jonnie, Lennice, Pennie, Rennie and Vennice. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jennifer.

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