Ginevra: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ginevra

Ginevra

Pronunciation: ji-NEHV-rə (key)

Origin of the name Geneva:

Of disputed origin, Geneva might be a borrowing of the name of a city and lake in Switzerland, which is derived from the Old French genevre (juniper berry). Alternatively, it might have originated as a diminutive form of Genevieve.

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Comments and insights on the name Ginevra: | Edit

Very popular in Italy

Personal experiences with the name Ginevra: | Edit

When my 2nd child (and first daughter) was born in 2007, my husband and I wanted to give her a unique but cute name so we chose Ginevra, but we call her Ginny. Later when my son Travis began reading the Harry Potter books we found out Ginevra is the full first name of Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series, now several people ask if we named our daughter after her.

Nicknames for Ginevra: | Edit

Ginny, Eva, Eve, Evra, Nev, Gin, Gin-Gin

Meanings and history of the name Ginevra: | Edit

Most name books give this name as an Italian form of Jennifer, meaning "white wave" or "fair one". Some give it as the Italian form of Genevieve. It is also a variant of 'Guinevere,' as in the King Arthur tradition.

Famous real-life people named Ginevra: | Edit

Ginevra King, American socialite and the muse for F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Ginevra de' Benci, noblewoman immortalized in a masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Ginevra Molly "Ginny" Weasley Potter, a prominent character in the Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling.
"Ginevra", poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The poem "Italy" by Samuel Rogers, also known as "Ginevra", tells the story of a young bride who vanished on her wedding night and was found dead in a chest more than fifty years later. The only way the body could be identified was by a ring bearing the bride’s name, Ginevra. This story is retold in the song "The Mistletoe Bough".

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