Genevieve: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Genevieve

Genevieve

Pronunciation: JEH-neh-veev (key)

Origin of the name Genevieve:

Derived from the Gaulish Genovefa, a name with Celtic roots but the meaning of which is uncertain. The first element is believed to be from genos (race, people, tribe); the second is possibly from an element meaning "woman." Its alteration in the translation from the Celtic to the French seems to be the cause of the confusion.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Eve, Gen, Geneva, Geneviève, Genny, Ginny, Genoveva

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Comments and insights on the name Genevieve: | Edit

An English approximation of the French pronunciation is "zhahn-vee-EV"

My name is Genevieve. I love that my name is so different. There were no other Genevieves in any of my schools while growing up and I've only met one other person with the same name, its always made me feel very special.

Personal experiences with the name Genevieve: | Edit

It's my 4 year old daughters name and we get so many compliments from people of all ages. I love the name.

Genevieve is one of those names that sounds like it would come across as pretentious, but I lived down the street from a little Genevieve for a year, and it sounded natural and fit her comfortably. If love this name but you're worried that it's too much - don't worry! It's gorgeous but not unmanageable.

This is my grandmothers name. I've always loved it. plus she had eight kids and none of them named their girls after her. So when i have my first daughter i plan to name her Genevieve Edith after my grandma with both names never knowing her middle name was Edith. and it's very pretty and very strong.

My name is Genevieve and I wish it wasn't. But if I was a boy the name my parents had picked out for me was worse. Rutherford William. (R.W. for short) It took my for ever to learn how to spell it. I have always gone by Genny. And when people hear that they automatically think it is spelled with a "J" and that my name is Jennifer. It has gotten to the point where if you don't call me by the right name I won't answer. Another problem I have always had is that when people try to say Genevieve its like there brains have left there heads. The one I get constantly is Guenevere. There are no "R"s in Genevieve. Even going by Genny people have problems. I have only met 2 other Genevieve's. One was an older woman and the other was around my age (25) and hers was Jenevieve. Its a name that not very common but it comes with a lot of problems. At least for me it did.

My name is Genevieve and I love it. I particularly like Geneviève, and when I lived in France, I loved hearing my name pronounced properly. My only problem with it is that people automatically shorten it to "Gen", which I hate. I have gone through life asking people not to call me Gen, and they still do. My parents, siblings and husband have never called me Gen, but people I meet for the first time seem to feel they have a right to. If you are thinking of calling your daughter Genevieve I would suggest coming up with a nickname you like, and then offer that as an option if people feel they have to shorten it. I liked Genna, but if i suggested people call me Genna, they would still reply "OK Gen". Aaargh!

Nicknames for Genevieve: | Edit

Genny, Genna, Eve, Evie, Gene, Ginny, Gemma, Gem, Geneva, Gina, Viv, Vivi, Gigi, Nevi, Gen, Gennie, Vivvie, Genie, Ginger, "Ghenny", Gens

Meanings and history of the name Genevieve: | Edit

From German keno "kin" wefa "wife"
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Famous real-life people named Genevieve: | Edit

St. Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris, France.
Genevieve Bujold, Canadian actress
Genevieve Gorder, interior decorator on TLC's Trading Spaces
Genevieve Feinstein was a codebreaker for the US during WWII; she was responsible for creating a machine used to decode Japanese messages.
Genevieve Cortese (birth name Jennifer), American actress

Genevieve in song, story & screen: | Edit

Genevieve is the romantic female character in the KINKS song " Sweet Lady Genevieve " revolving around the lost but still desired love,sung by a Vagabond. It´s very beatiful, and so is the name to my opinion.
Genevieve is the little yellow dog in the "Madeline" children's book series. Sugarland has a beautiful haunting song called "Genevieve".
Genevieve is a character in a book called "Little Blog On The Praire" for pre-teens and teens.
Genevieve is a 1953 British comedy film produced and directed by Henry Cornelius and written by William Rose.
Genevieve "Ginny" Davis, protagonist in the pre-teen book "Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf"
Geneviève Ernemont,daughter of Arsène Lupin in the famous books.

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