What does Jennifer mean?
Jennifer \j(e)-nni-fer\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Jenessa.
Jennifer has 41 more related forms via Gaynor, Ginevra, Guinevere, Jenifer: Gaenna, Gaenor, Gayna, Gayner, Gaynor, Genevieve, Genevra, Geniver, Genivra, Ginevra, Guenever, Guenevere, Gueniver, Guenna, Guennola, Guinever, Guinna, Gwen▼, Gwenevere, Gweniver, Gwenn, Gwennie, Gwennola, Gwennora, Gwennore, Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwenore, Gwyn, Gwynn, Gwynna, Gwynne, Janifer, Vera, Wendee, Wendie, Wendy▼, Win, Winne, Winnie▼ and Winny.
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)
Genevieve (#210 a year ago), Jenna (#266), Vera (#367), Wendy (#782), Jenny (#822), Gwen (#957), Winnie, Jennie, Jena and Jenifer 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 0.5372%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.3069%, down 42.9%), with forms like Wendy, Jenny, Jena, Jenifer and Winnie becoming somewhat outmoded. Vera (#367), Genevieve (#210), Jennifer (#220) and Jenna (#266) are four of the more chic names for newborns among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Genevieve and Vera. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Jennifer and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)