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Jennifer Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Jennifer is of Welsh origin.

The meaning of Jennifer is "white, fair and smooth, soft".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 220  in baby name popularity for girls with 1514 occurrences.  It ranked 11261 in popular baby names for boys with 6 occurrences. 

View the Jennifer Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Jennifer has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Jennifer to other names.


The name Jennifer is the Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar and a variant of the name Guinevere. It is derived from the elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed, holy" and hwyfar meaning "smooth, soft".


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Jennifer is a form of the name Gwenhwyvar.

Jennifer is a variant spelling of Guinevere.

Variants of the name Jennifer include Jenifer, Jeniffer, Jenniffer, Jennifur, Jennyfer.

The names Jannifer, Jennabel, Jennabeth, Jennah, Jennalee, Jennalyn, Jennarae, Jennasee, Jennessa, Jennica, Jennika are all forms of Jennifer.

Jennifer has the diminutives (nicknames) Jen, Jena, Jenn, Jenna, Jenne, Jenny.

Other Tidbits

Jennifer falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Capriati.

Name Fun

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Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Jennifer.

Just for fun, see the name Jennifer in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Jennifer in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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