Jennifer: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jennifer

Jennifer

Pronunciation: JEH-nə-fer (key)

Origin of the name Jennifer:

Cornish derivation of Guinevere, which is from the Welsh Gwenhwyfar (fair lady). Until the 20th century, Jennifer was largely a regional name. Now, however, it has become one of the most popular names in the English-speaking world.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Jennifer: | Edit

Jennifer is a classic, beautiful, sweet, gorgeous name for a baby girl. Pronounced Jeh-ni-fer.

Personal experiences with the name Jennifer: | Edit

My really good friend's name is Jennifer. She is a very nice, very young girl with a very unique mind and a totally sweet and adorable personality. She's a REALLY great girl. Believe me or not, she is only the second Jennifer I've EVER met my WHOLE life. We're friends with a Jenny, but her name is actually Jenny, and things never get confusing because Jennifer prefers to be called by her first name anyway, and rarely Jen. She's an AWESOME friend! I love this name!! <333 :)

My mother's name is Jennifer. She absolutely haaaaatttttessss her name but I think it is a cute, sweet name. I like the nickname Jen, too. When she was little she went by Jenny. I think that is so cute! Every Jen I've known has been extremely sweet and very pretty. <3

Nicknames for Jennifer: | Edit

Jen, Jenn, Jenny, Jenni, Jennie, Jenna, Fer, Ennie, Enny, Enn, Enna.

Meanings and history of the name Jennifer: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Jennifer".

Arthurian Legend:
Fair one. Fact: Guinevere was King Arthur's mythological queen.

American:
Fair one.

Celtic:
White wave.

Cornish:
Fair and yielding.

English:
Fair one. Fact: In Arthurian Mythology Guinevere was Arthur's queen.

Welsh:
Fair one.

Famous real-life people named Jennifer: | Edit

Jennifer "Jenn" McAllister- American internet personality (youtube.com/jennxpenn)
Jennifer Aniston - American actress
Jennifer Lopez - American singer/actress
Jennifer Love Hewitt - American actress
Jennifer Lawrence - American actress
Jennifer Hudson - American singer
Jennifer Garner - American actress
Jennifer Connelly - American actress
Jennifer Beals - American actress
Jennifer Morrison - American actress
Jennifer Grey - American Actress
Jennifer Hawkins- Miss universe 2004 and Miss Australia 2004, model, T.V Presenter and coreographer
Jennifer Dannielle duggar Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

Jennifer in song, story & screen: | Edit

Jennifer Shepard, late Director on NCIS
Jennifer Cavilleri, female lead role in "Love Story"
Jenny, Forrest's lifelong love interest, in the movie "Forrest Gump"
"Jenny Brown" 1964 song by the Smothers Brothers
"Jenny Take a Ride" 1965 song Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
"Jenny Rebecca" -song covered by Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton-John and others
Jennifer Joy (and Zachary Zugg), song from "Free to Be You and Me"
"867-5309 (Jenny)",Tommy Tutone's catchy 1980s hit song
"Jennifer Juniper", 1968 hit song by Donovan. It was written about Jenny Boyd, sister of model and Beatle wife Pattie Boyd, who herself was the inspiration for Eric Clapton's song "Layla".
"Jennifer Eccles", song by The Holllies (released about the same time as Donovan's hit in '68 but less well known)
"Waltz for Jennifer", 2003 song by FFH (CCM group)
"Jenny from the Block", Jennifer Lopez' signature song
"27 Jennifers", song by Mike Doughty (beginning: "I went to school with 27 Jennifers / Sixteen Jens, ten Jennys and then there was her...")
"Jennifer Fever -- Older Men, Younger Women", 1988 book by Barbara Gordon on the menace of pretty young women. Referred to collectively here as "Jennifers", they are the ones for whom older men leave their wives, the "Janets."
"Portrait of Jennie", 1948 tearjerker/fantasy with Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten
"Jennifer's Rabbit", song by Tom Paxton
Jennifer Walters, real name of She-Hulk in Marvel comics
Jennifer Schecter, The L Word main character, played by Mia Kirshner
Jennifer Jareau "JJ", character from the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds" portrayed by actress A.J Cook
Jennifer "Moze" Mosely- one of the main characters in the Nickelodeon sitcom "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"

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