Meaning and name origin
Jennifer \j(e)-nni-fer\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Genever, Genifer, Genna, Genni, Gennie, Gennifer, Gennifur, Geniffer, 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 information, see also the related girl name Jenessa.
Jennifer is a very popular first name for females (#6 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#40381 out of 88799, Top 45%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jennifer for girls. Jennifer reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jennifer and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jennifer (#220), Jenna (#266), Jenny (#822), Jenifer, Jennie and Jena. (2014 statistics).
Jennifer▼ is also pronounced similarly to Janifer. This name tends to be less commonly used than Jennifer.