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 (#40381 out of 88799, Top 45%). (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 and have become much less popular since, with forms like Wendy, Jenny, Winnie, Jennie and Jena 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)