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GenderFeminine
UsageFrench
PronouncedPron.ZHU-NU-VYEV
, ZHUN-VYEV
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Meaning & History

From the medieval name Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin. It could be derived from the Germanic elements kuni "kin, family" and wefa "wife, woman". Alternatively it could be of Gaulish origin, from the related Celtic element genos "kin, family" combined with a second element of unknown meaning. This name was borne by Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, who inspired the city to resist the Huns in the 5th century.
DiminutiveGinette
Other Languages & CulturesGenovefa Ancient Germanic Genevieve English Genoveffa Italian Genowefa Polish Genoveva Portuguese Genoveva Spanish
Same SpellingGenevieve

Images

Depiction of Saint GenevièveDepiction of Saint Geneviève

Categories

family, feminine, Orthodox Saints, saints
Entry updated July 2, 2017