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What does Juniper mean?

Juniper Pronunciation of Juniper [ju-niper] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Juniper) is of Latin origin. From the name of the plant, the juniper tree or berry (derived from iunipÍrus). In the Bible, it is used as a translation of Hebrew rothem, a desert broom-shrub. As a surname, it is partly derived from Jennifer.

Affiliated girl names: Anise, Bay and Geneva.

Associated with: bible, surname.


7 alternative forms via Jennifer: Genifer, Jenefer, Jenifer, Jeniffer, Jenipher, Jenniver and Jenyfer.

Creative forms:
(female) Janiper, Joniper, ..

(male) Junier, Junije, ..

Middle name pairings:
Juniper Neriah (J.N.), ..

How popular is Juniper?

Juniper is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#62775 out of 150436, Top 42%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Juniper entered the list in 2008 and reached its peak position of #429 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juniper name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Juniper outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Juniper (#429 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000 are Jennifer (#252 a year ago), Geneva (#1219), Jeniffer and Jenifer. Other forms, like Genifer, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Juniper was common among parents 45 years ago (average #869) and has become significantly lower since (#1180, 97%), with forms like Jennifer falling out of fashion. Jennifer has been the most prominent, though Juniper has grown popular as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juniper, Geneva, Jenifer, Jeniffer, Jennifer in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jennifer outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Geniver, Gueniver, Hunter, Janice, Janie, Janiel, Janifer, Janine, Janise, Jenice, Jenie, Jenilea (see Jenilee), Jenilee, Jenine, Jenise, Jinger, Jinjer, Jonie, Jubilee, Judie, Judite, Julie, Juliet, Juline, Junae, June, Junel, Junia, Juniata, Junita and Piper. These names tend to be more frequently used than Juniper.

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