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PronouncedPron.GWIN-ə-vir English

Meaning & History

From the Norman French form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, derived from the elements gwen meaning "fair, white" and sebara meaning "phantom, magical being". In Arthurian legend she was the beautiful wife of King Arthur. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, she was seduced by Mordred before the battle of Camlann, which led to the deaths of both Mordred and Arthur. According to the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, she engaged in an adulterous affair with Sir Lancelot.

The Cornish form of this name, Jennifer, has become popular in the English-speaking world.
Other Languages & CulturesJenifer Cornish Jennifer, Jenny Dutch Jenifer, Jennifer, Gwenevere, Jen, Jena, Jenae, Jenelle, Jenessa, Jeni, Jenn, Jenna, Jenni, Jennie, Jenny English Gaynor English (British) Jenny Finnish Guenièvre French Jennifer, Jenny German Jenný Icelandic Ginevra Italian Jennifer, Jenny Spanish Yenifer Spanish (Latin American) Jennifer, Jennie, Jenny Swedish Gaenor Welsh Gwenhwyfar Welsh Mythology


Queen Guinevere by William Morris (1858)Queen Guinevere by William Morris (1858)


Arthurian legend, Code Geass characters, literature, queens, white
Entry updated August 26, 2016   Contribute