Ginger: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ginger

Ginger

Pronunciation: JIN-jer (key)

Origin of the name Ginger:

Originally a nickname for someone with red hair, Ginger is now sometimes used as a diminutive form of Virginia (spring-like, flourishing). Var: Gynger, Jinjer. Pet: Ginni, Ginnie, Ginny, Jinnie.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My name is Ginger. It is not short for anything. My mom has always said she chose it because I was born with bright red hair, and because there were already 4 babies named "Jennifer" in the church nursery at the time:). My middle name is Renee. As a child I did not like my name, and often pretended my middle name was my first. Probably because of the "gingivitis" and "Hey my dog/horse/cat/hamster is named Ginger" comments and in my twenties when my then-boyfriend-now-husband's dad seriously asked him if I was some sort of "dancer" (sorry, the other word is not G rated). But as an adult, I like my name. I don't encounter many others named Ginger, it has always been unique. Although my hair eventually changed to blonde, the name still fits. I would never change it.

Nicknames for Ginger: | Edit

Ginny, Ginj, Ging, GinGin, GingerPeachy, GiGi, Ginger Snap, Gingy (Jin-jee), ginger bah-din-jer

Meanings and history of the name Ginger: | Edit

In England, "ginger" is a sometimes pejorative word used to describe a person with red hair.

Famous real-life people named Ginger: | Edit

Ginger Rogers was a film icon through the 1930's-1950's. Her real name was Virginia, but her cousins had difficulty pronouncing her name, and said it as "Ginya", which evolved into "Ginger".

Ginger in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ginger Grant was the movie-star personality on TV show 'Gilligan's Island'
Ginger from the 2012 film Ginger and Rosa (played by Elle Fanning)

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