Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jennifer

Jennifer comes to the English-speaking world by way of the name Guinevere from the Arthurian legend. Guinevere in turn is the Old French form of the Gaelic name “Gwenhwyfar” which translates to gwen (fair) + hwyfar (smooth), or, quite simply: the fair one. Guinevere is best known as the heroine of Celtic legend. The most beautiful woman on earth, Guinevere was the unfaithful wife of King Arthur, having fallen in love with Sir Lancelot, and thus destroyed the peace of Camelot. Like many women of Celtic legend, she exerted her own personal happiness despite the consequences.

All About the Baby Name – Jennifer

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME JENNIFER

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME JENNIFER

Jennifer enters the United States popularity charts for the first time in 1938 and by the mid-1950’s, the name becomes a Top 100 choice for girls. The peak of Jennifer’s popularity comes in the 1970’s. The name held the #1 spot for 15 consecutive years (from 1970 to 1984). It’s not until very recently that Jennifer appears to be fading from the top of the charts slowly but surely. Still, the name provides much elasticity and can go from the lovely three-syllable “Jennifer” down to two syllables (Jenny) or one (Jen).

Quick Facts

ON JENNIFER

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

191

PRONUNCIATION:

JEH-na-fer

SIMPLE MEANING:

The fair one

Characteristics

OF JENNIFER

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Jennifer

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JENNIFER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Jennifer

Popular Songs

ON JENNIFER

Jennifer Juniper
a song by Donovan

Jennifer
a song by Bobby Sherman

Jennifer Eccles
a song by The Hollies

Jennifer Ever
a song by The Smashing Pumpkins

Jennifer's Body
a song by Hole

Zachary and Jennifer
a song by John Denver

Famous People

NAMED JENNIFER

Jennifer Aniston (actress)
Jennifer Garner (actress)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress)
Jennifer Lopez (actress)
Jennifer Capriati (tennis player)
Jennifer Connelly (actress)
Jennifer Esposito (actress)
Jennifer Grey (actress)
Jennifer Hudson (actress)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress)
Jennifer Tilly (actress)
Jennifer Beals (actress)
Jennifer Carpenter (actress)
Jennifer Jones (actress)
Jennifer Aniston (actress)
Jennifer Garner (actress)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress)
Jennifer Lopez (actress)
Jennifer Capriati (tennis player)
Jennifer Connelly (actress)
Jennifer Esposito (actress)
Jennifer Grey (actress)
Jennifer Hudson (actress)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress)
Jennifer Tilly (actress)
Jennifer Beals (actress)
Jennifer Carpenter (actress)
Jennifer Jones (actress)
Jennifer Aniston (actress)
Jennifer Garner (actress)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress)
Jennifer Lopez (actress)
Jennifer Capriati (tennis player)
Jennifer Connelly (actress)
Jennifer Esposito (actress)
Jennifer Grey (actress)
Jennifer Hudson (actress)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress)
Jennifer Tilly (actress)
Jennifer Beals (actress)
Jennifer Carpenter (actress)
Jennifer Jones (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JENNIFER

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Jennifer

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JENNIFER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jennifer