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Gender Feminine
Usage French
Pronounced Pron. 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

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