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What does Jennings mean?

Jennings /jen-nings/ as a boys' name. Jennings' name origin is Flemish, and the meaning of the name Jennings is "little John". Jennings is an alternate form of Jenkin (Flemish) with the suffix -gs.

Associated with: little.


Jennings has 2 different relations via Jenkin: Jenkins and Jenkyns.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Janings, Jernings, ..

(female) Jenjen, Jenran, ..

How popular is Jennings?

Jennings is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#321 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Jennings for boys. Jennings was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #499 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the history of Jennings and associated names. Jenkins is the only other prominent alternative form of Jennings. These relations of Jennings were popular in the 1890s (average #1223), but now, the version Jennings has become less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jennings, Jenkins in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jennings and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Banning, Canning, Dennis, Hastings, Henning, Jeannot, Jeavin, Jenarius, Jenesis, Jenkyn (see Jenkin), Jennaro, Jennesis, Jens, Jensen, Jenson, Jentian, Jeraint (see Geraint), Jermin, Jeronimus, Jerrin, Jervis, Jestin, Jevin, Jevvin (see Jevon), Joannes, Jonnie, Junius, Justinas, Justinus and Manning. These names tend to be more frequently used than Jennings.