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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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#40381 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jennifer for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jennifer and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jena, Jenifer, Jenna, Jennie, Jennifer and Jenny. (2015 statistics).
Jennifer is also pronounced similarly to Janifer. This name tends to be less commonly used than Jennifer.
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