Meaning: White phantom; woman of the people; blessed, fair
Alternate spellings: Gennifer, Genifer, Jenife, Jenny, Guinevere
Jennifer is the Celtic version of antique Guinevere, Sir Lancelot’s belle back in King Arthur’s time. The name means “white phantom,” “woman of the people,” and “blessed and fair.” That’s a lot for your baby girl to live up to, but we’re sure she’ll take it all in stride. Jennifer was the most popular U.S. girl’s name from 1970 through 1984, but has since dropped out of not only the top spot, but also the top 100. Looking for something a bit more unique? Consider root name Guinevere, which has never ranked in the top 1,000.
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U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008