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Jennifer /jen-ni-fer/ [3 sylls.] 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.


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 name: Jenessa.

Jennifer has 7 more related forms via Gaynor, Ginevra, Guinevere, Jenifer: Geniver, Gueniver, Gweniver, Gwennie, Janifer, Wendie and Winnie.

Kreatif forms: Jeonifer, Jinifer, Johnifer. [more]

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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)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Jennifer for girls. Jennifer was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #1 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #220 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jennifer name in U.S.

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

Jenna (#266 a year ago), Jenny (#822), Winnie, Jennie, Jenifer and Jena are the popular variation forms of Jennifer (#220 a year ago). These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.6374%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2417%, 62.1%), with the forms Jenny, Jena, Jenifer, Jennie and Winnie becoming somewhat outmoded. Jennifer (#220) and Jenna (#266) are two of the more chic names for newborns among these. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Jennifer and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jennifer, Jena, Jenifer, Jenna, Jennie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jenny, Winnie in U.S.

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