Jennifer name meaning

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jennifer mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Jennifer

User Submitted Origins

Puerto Rican

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Jennifer is of Welsh origin and means "Welch/Cornish name meaning White wave, white phantom, white/pale/smooth or fair lady. Thought to have been the modern version of Guinevere".
  2. A submission from the United States says the name Jennifer means "Jennifer is a variation of the Welsh name Guinevere meaning 'fair lady' or 'white wave'" and is of Welsh origin.
  3. A submission from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Jennifer means "White Phantom, as well as white wave, or fair woman as noted above" and is of Hebrew origin.
  4. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Jennifer is of Swedish origin and means "'white wave' or 'fair woman' and is of Gaelic origin".
  5. According to a user from Florida, U.S., the name Jennifer is of Celtic origin and means "It stems from the special name Guinevere and it means White wave".
  6. According to 3 people from the United States and Hong Kong, the name Jennifer is of French / Vietnamese origin and means "Fair one".
  7. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Jennifer is of Fiction origin and means "One of a kind".
  8. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Jennifer is of English origin and means "Grateful,kindness,loveful and peaceful".
  9. A user from Minnesota, U.S. says the name Jennifer is of Welsh origin and means "Like the Lord".
  10. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Jennifer is of English origin and means "Just like the lord".
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From Cornish, from Middle Cornish Gwynnever (cognate with Welsh Gwenhwyfar), from Proto-Brythonic *Gwɨnnhuɨβar, from Proto-Celtic *Windosēbaris (“white spirit”).

  1. A female given name from Welsh.

Jennifer was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, French, German, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jennifer

Notable Persons Named Jennifer

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15th, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is an actress, producer, and businesswoman. She was most active from 1987 to present. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Joanna Aniston by her parents John Aniston and Nancy Dow on February 11th, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is an actress, author, dancer, fashion designer, producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality. She holds the title On the Floor" and Waiting for Tonight". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24th, 1969 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy is an actress, comedienne, model, author, activist, talk show host, and screenwriter. She was most active from 1993 to present. Jenny was given the name Jennifer Ann McCarthy on November 1st, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois U.S.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner is an actress and film producer. She was most active from 1995 to 1995. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Anne Garner on April 17th, 1972 in Houston, Texas, United States.

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Lynn Connelly on December 12th, 1970 in Cairo, New York, U.S. Jennifer is also known as Connelly and Jennifer Lynn.

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  • Jennifer Morrison
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  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Jennifer Carpenter
  • Jennifer Winget
  • Jennifer Tilly
  • Jenna Elfman
  • Jennifer Saunders

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jennifer

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jennifer

Nancy Jennifer

Nancy Jennifer is an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Nancy was born in Chennai. Nancy is also known as Baby Jennifer.


Nanditha is an actress. Nanditha was given the name Jennifer .

Jack and Jennifer

Jack and Jennifer is a soap character.

Ng Jennifer

Ng was born in 1985.

Yéo Jennifer

She holds the title Miss Cote d'Ivoire 2014 and Miss Cote d'Ivoire. Yéo was given the name Jennifer Kalo Yéo in 1996 in Aboisso.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jennifer U.S.
  White 60.80% 64.26%
  African American 21.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jennifer

People with the last name Jennifer are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Jennifer

  • What name lists does Jennifer rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jennifer? Jennifer is the 18th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jennifer was the 65,782nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jennifer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,472,854 babies born with the first name Jennifer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jennifer to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jennifer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jennifer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jennifer is Sunday, April 19th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Jennifer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jennifer was in 1972 with a total of 63,602 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jennifer!
  • Random Jennifer Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jennifer ranks 24th in popularity as a baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, 1,386 babies in California have the same name in 1963.
  • Weird things about the name Jennifer: The name spelled backwards is Refinnej. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rinenjfe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jennifer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 301 people with the last name Jennifer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jennifer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jennifer as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Jennifer name meaning

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