Genevieve Name Meaning & Origin
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.
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Anglophone pronunciation: "jen-uh-veev"
French pronunciation:"jhen-vee-ehv" or "jhen-na-vee-ehv" and NOT "jhawn-vee-ehv" (as many Americans falsely believe the French pronounce it).
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My name is Genevieve, but I go by Evie because people don't get it wrong. Trying to get people to understand 'Genevieve' is hard. I've gotten: Jennnifer, Jenebean, Guenevere, Sabrina, Ginevra and Gwendoline. People are constantly spelling my full name wrong, and I hate it. My next door neigbour spelt it 'Jenebean' on a Christmas card, so I go by Evie, and people hardly ever get it wrong. I was named Genevieve because my parents are obsessed with everything French, and if I were a boy I would have been named Henry (pronounced on- ree) and my younger sister is Audrey. I don't mind my name but the constant corrections get on your nerves. I learnt to spell my name when I was 3, and it's never really been a problem for me, but for others it is. So I go by Evie. Not Gen, Genny, Eva, Eve, Gevie or Neve, but Evie. Just Evie. I still don't know how my friend's uncle got 'Sabrina'.
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; it's always made me feel very special.
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. 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 me forever 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 it's like their brains have left their heads. The one I get constantly is "Guinevere" - There are no "R"s in Genevieve. Even going by Genny, people have problems. I have only met 2 other Genevieves. One was an older woman and the other was around my age (25) and hers was spelled "Jenevieve". It's a name that not very common, but it comes with a lot of problems - At least for me.
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!
My sister is called Genevieve and uses what I know to be the anglicised pronunciation of her name which is (Jen-eh-veeve) which I think is beautiful. It has always been uncommon but there where one or two other Genevieves we knew. It has some beautiful nicknames and is distinctive and elegant. However, it's one of those names people struggle to spell and pronounce correctly. When she was learning to write her name as a child she would get very indignant that it wasn't fair because her name was harder to spell than other kids in her class.
My daughter's name is Genevieve (born 2012). It was my grandmother's name and I always knew if I had a baby girl I would name her after the sweetest, most amazing woman ever. My grandmother (1925-2014) went by Gin, although she preferred Genevieve. We call our little one Genevieve. We tried Vivi, but it just didn't fit her! And Gen or Genna is a no go for us. Don't like that at all. She is Genevieve, full name every time. We get tons of compliments on her name.
We named our daughter Genevieve (born 2010) in part because my husband's family is French and because my husband was baptized in St Genevieve's parish in Paris. I love the name and we get many compliments on it. Like the entry above, we have tried out various nicknames for her (Eva, Evie, Gigi, Ivy) and nothing fit. So we call her by her full name, and she is happy with that. It took her awhile to learn how to spell it, all the E's and V's can be confusing, even for me! My biggest complaint about the name is how Americans try to pronounce it in French. Because we are a bilingual family many Americans want to pronounce her name the "French way" and say "Jhawn-vee-ehv" ("Jhawn" like "Shawn" or "John"). This is not how French speakers pronounce the name! They say "Jhen-vee-ehv" ("Jhen" like "Jen" or "Hen" or "Ben"). Additionally, outside of Paris, the French tend to pronounce the name with four syllables: "Jhen-na-vee-ehv."
My name is Genevieve and I’m 16 and go by Evie , I did not find it hard learning to spell my name and is rarely spelt wrong by people ( if they are writhing my full name) it’s occasionally read the American or French way on the register at school if I’ve never had that teacher before but most people say it how I say it ( Jen-er-veeve) and I get loads of compliments on it. I love my name and I feel I can go back to Genevieve when I’m older as it sound more professional than Evie and more grown up however I do like Evie as a nickname.
- Nicknames for Genevieve: | Edit
G, Genna, Eve, Evie, Gene, Ginny, Gemma, Gem, Geneva, Gina, Viv, Vivi, Vieve, Gigi, Nevi, Gen, Gennie, Vivvie, Genie, Ginger, "Ghenny", Gens.
- Meanings and history of the name Genevieve: | Edit
From German keno "kin" wefa "wife"
- 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 Nicole Cortese or Genevieve Padalecki ,American actress and wife to Supernatural star Jared Padalecki
Genevieve Marie Johnson (b. 2010), daughter of American professional stock car racing driver Jimmie Johnson
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Genevieve is the romantic female character in the KINKS song "Sweet Lady Genevieve" revolving around a lost but still beloved woman, sung by a Vagabond.
Genevieve is the little yellow dog in the children's book series,"Madeline".
The band Sugarland songs a song entitled "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 is the protagonist in the pre-teen book, "Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf".
Geneviève Ernemont, daughter of Arsène Lupin in the famous books of the same name.