Ginevra Name Meaning & Origin
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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Very popular in Italy
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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.
My daughter is also named Ginevra. I love the name still and do not regret it at all, but most people misread and pronounce it as "GineRVa" which I find very unappealing. I suggest having patience for this if you plan to use this name.
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Ginny, Eva, Eve, Evra, Nev, Gin, Gin-Gin
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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.
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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" Potter (née Weasley), daughter of Arthur and Molly Weasley, wife of Harry James Potter, and mother of James Sirius, Albus "Al" Severus, and Lily Luna Potter in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.
"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".