Jennifer is one of the powerhouse baby names of the 1970’s and 80’s and sat at #1 for 14 years. Since 2010 Jennifer has fallen in popularity and sits at #434 as of 2020. Jennifer is much less popular than its cousin Guinevere.
Meaning of the name Jennifer:
English (Cornish): white shadow or phantom, white wave, fair, blessed
Origin of the name Jennifer:
Jennifer is the Cornish variation of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar and a cousin of the French name Guinevere. Jennifer might mean “white shadow or phantom”, “white wave”, or “fair, blessed’.
Symbolism of the name Jennifer:
The color white has been connected to purity in many cultures. The ancient Celts believed that white was a symbol of divinity and the gods.
Style of the name Jennifer:
Gender of the name Jennifer:
Jennifer is a girl's name.
Pronunciation of the name Jennifer:
JEHN-i-fər (English), JEH-ni-fu (German)
Number of syllables in the name Jennifer:
Emotion evoked from the name Jennifer:
Jennifer evokes feelings of hard work and determination.
Alternative spellings for the name Jennifer:
Jennyfer, Gennifer, Jinnifer
Nicknames for the name Jennifer:
Popularity of the name Jennifer:
According to the Social Security Administration, Jennifer is a baby girl’s name that sat at #1 from 1970 to 1984. It has significantly dropped in popularity since 2010.
Related names for the name Jennifer:
Great middle names for the name Jennifer and their meanings:
- Tully (flood, peaceful, or hill)
- Sera (princess)
- Samara (under God's rule, night conversation)
- Hana (grace, flower)
- Mina (child of the red earth)
- Lana (rock)
- Blair (dweller on the plain)
- Avery (ruler of the elves)
Famous people with the name Jennifer:
- Jennifer Lawrence (American Actress)
- Jennifer Aniston (American actress)
- Jennifer Lopez (American singer/actress)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt (American actress)
- Jennifer Connelly (American actress)
Jennifer in popular culture:
- Jennifer Tallulah Humphrey (television, “Gossip Girl”)
- Jennifer “J.J” Jareau (television, “Criminal Minds”)
- Miss Jennifer Honey (literature/film, “Matilda”)
- Jennifer Parker (film, “Back to the Future” series)
- Jennifer Check (film, “Jennifer's Body”)