What does Jennifer mean?
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.more]
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)
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)
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)