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What does Genevieve mean?

Genevieve Pronunciation of Genevieve as a girls' name is pronounced JEN-a-veev. It is of French origin. Possibly means "people, tribe, woman", from the Celtic gen. Geneviève is the French version of the Latin name Genovefa used during the fifth century. Saint Genevieve, the patroness of Paris, was a fifth-century virgin who defended Paris against the invadsions of Attila the Hun and the Franks. Saint Genevieve of Brabant was a tenth-century woman who according to myth, was falsely accused by her husband of adultery. The story created much interest in the 19th century as told by Schumann in 1850 and Offenbach in an opera in 1859. Actress Genevieve Bujold. Also form of Guinevere.


ASSOCIATED WITH virgin, myth, story (literary), 19th century, opera


VARIANTS Gena, Genavieve, Geneva, Geneve, Geneveeve, Genevie, Genivee, Genivieve, Gennie, Genny, Genoveffa, Genovera, Genoveva, Gina, Ginevra, Janeva, Jenevieve, Jennie, Jenny



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How popular is Genevieve?

Genevieve is a very popular first name for females (#333 out of 4276, Top 8%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Genevieve reached its highest rank of #82 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #172 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Genevieve (#172 IN RECENT RANKINGS) ranked in the Top 2000 are Gena, Geneva (#1421), Genevie, Gennie, Genoveva, Gina (#1802), Guinevere (#1446), Jennie and Jenny (#1120). These relations of Genevieve were popular with parents during 1880-1889 (USAGE OF 0.94%) and are now significantly less popular (USAGE 0.14%, 85.3%), with forms such as Genevieve becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Genevieve, Gena, Geneva, Genevie, Gennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Genoveva, Gina, Guinevere, Jennie, Jenny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Genevieve is pronounced similarly to Jenavieve and Jennavieve. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Geegee, Genesia, Genesies (see Genesis), Genesis, Genesiss, Genette, Genever, Genevia, Genevra, Genevre, Genie, Geniver, Gennivre, Ginevre, Guenever (see Guinevere), Guenevere, Guinevere and Gwenevere. These names tend to be less frequently used than Genevieve.