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From the Gaelic meaning "pale phantom", according to Lady Mary Stewart in her Merlin series.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2005
"Guinevere" seems to be taking back at least some of its original pronunciation, with the first syllable pronounced as "gwen", rather than "gwin".
gaelruadh19  4/1/2005
My personal favorite name. Strong and feminine, and named for the fair Lady Guinevere of King Arthur.
dramaelf  10/14/2005
Guinevere is one of my absolute favorite names. It's beautiful, strong, whimsical and unique. Its literary connotations are superb, and it's very, very rare.
tmarie  12/9/2005
Guinevere Turner is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
On Crosby, Stills, and Nash's self-titled album is a song called "Guinnevere."
WeloveyouJesseLacey  3/4/2006
Would not it be wonderful to name your daughters Guinivere and Juliet? Such fanastic literary allusions, and very lovely names. Guenivere and Juliette are nice alternate spellings.
beautyofwords9  3/20/2006
Mistake in the description of the Arturian legend. Guinevere did not betray Arthur with Mordred, but with Lancelot.
andyhavens  6/27/2006
It depends on the story you read. The legend was written & rewritten many times. In some she is raped by Mordred in an attempt to claim the thorn, in others she is a willing participant. Another will blame her affair with Lancelot for the fall of Camelot. In some she even has an identical half sister also named Guinevere born on the same day even, that Arthur has an affair with. One variation has as many as 3 Guineveres.

I have a daughter named Gwenevere and I made sure to read as much about it as possible.
LadyJame  2/23/2008
Beautiful, though it may be hard for some girls to pull off. Luckily, Guinevere has many nicknames that can be used if the name doesn't suit a child.
EricaAlexis90  7/1/2006
According to The Faerie Reel Trilogy by O.R. Melling, Findabhair, Fionavar and Finvarra are the Irish versions of this name, pronounced various ways such as "finn-ah-veer". The Welsh version is said to be Gwenhyvar.
indigopearl  8/3/2006
"Fionnbhárr" (FYOON-var) is a Gaelic equivalent to Guinevere, although it is masculine. There does not seem to be any equivalent in Gaelic to Gwenhwyfar.
gaelruadh19  1/16/2007
I really like the name Guinevere. But the way I see Queen Guinevere, I don't think she was a very nice person. Just my opinion. Still a good name, though.
tomboy  2/16/2007
GUIN meant girl or queen. I suggest that an alternate meaning is QUEEN of the Fairies, or (Ver meaning) Truth, or Spring. Another meaning would be FAIREST QUEEN (Snow White). I have also seen WHITE WAVE, as in Jennifer.
jaydubyo  10/5/2007
I absolutely LOVE this name. It sounds beautiful, mature, and sophisticated. I only hope it doesn't become too common, as that would trivialize it big time. I'm not crazy about the potential nickname Gwyn, however, as it reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow, and I dislike her. That's why I'd rather use it as a middle name.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
Guinevere looks and sounds beautiful, and it's interesting too that it's an old form of Jennifer. I like the nickname Gwen too.

But I couldn't name a daughter Guinevere myself, because it would bother me that Queen Guinevere is basically known for cheating on her husband. She seems like a rather weak-willed, 'trophy wife' character. I wish she was cooler!
aquamarina  6/25/2008
Yes, Guinevere is most commonly known for cheating on her husband. But in most versions of the story I've seen, including the play Camelot with Julie Andrews as Guinevere (back when she could still sing really really high), Guinevere tries not to fall in love with Lancelot. In the play, she tells him to leave and sends him on a quest so she won't be tempted to betray Arthur! It was right as they were saying good-bye that Mordred, who I mentioned before, ratted them out. So in the play, at least, Guinevere tries to be good to Arthur.
authorgirl  7/28/2008
Queen Meadhbh [Old Irish Medb (with both the d & b lenis)] of Connacht had a daughter Findabair which would be perhaps a Goidelic cognate of the British Gwenhwyfar. The name would have been pronounced in Old Irish find-avar' [the tick after r indicating that the r is slender (quite like the r with a tick over it in the Czech name Dvor'ak]. It is clear that find- is cognate to British gwyn- gwen- being the Celtic adjective windos winda windon "white". But whether the second part is from the same root in each form is not clear.
Deas23242  7/8/2008
In every Arthurian legend I've ever seen, Guinevere betrayed Arthur with Lancelot, not Mordred. Mordred, Arthur's illegitimate son, set it up so Guinevere would be found with Lancelot and condemned to death. Maybe another version says differently, but Lancelot, the dashing French knight, seems a much more likely candidate for Guinevere's lover than Mordred, who was somewhat disturbed.
authorgirl  7/27/2008
I am currently blessed with a little girl named Juliette. I think literary names are wonderful ideas.
reginaastralis  8/13/2008
Pretty in theory but the namesake was a royal tart. Makes Scarlett O'Hara feel tame by comparison - she had more integrity and will power.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2008
The only names I could pair it with without it coming off like a Name Nerds try hard special would be Jane or Susan. Guinevere is a touch too much.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2008
Feels weighty and melancholy but I'd expect a Guinevere to be a real lightweight or a ditz. I don't know why.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
Over the top on the saucy-meter.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2008
This name is more unique than Jennifer, and the meaning sounds really beautiful.
Hushpuppy  2/3/2009
I love this name-- it's beautiful, strong, and flows nicely. A good nickname would be Gwyn or maybe even Gwen.
bunnygirl  2/12/2009
I think I'd rather use a real ""lady name"" like Ophelia or Juliet despite them being ultra tragic figures. Guinevere was tragic naturally but the glaring betrayal/adultery issue I find hard to ignore.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2009
Guinevere is a lovely name, and I adore the nickname Vera.
vomiting  2/19/2009
I would be seriously embarrassed introducing myself as Guinevere just as I would Nevaeh or Tan'niquee'shazna.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2009
As far as Arthurian names go, I prefer Nimue.
Zuchinni  3/6/2009
I am actually not that fond of this version of the name, as this was roughly translated from Old Welsh a couple of Ages ago. The original "Gwenhwyfar" is much more likable, beautiful, meaningful, symbolic, and a really nice name. Spelt in this "ne" way it is disgusting and heavy.
Dwynwen777  3/21/2009
My name is Genevieve, and I occasionally get mistaken as Guinevere. I think it's a really good name though, and I wouldn't mind if it was actually my name.
Genevieve_M  4/6/2009
Beautiful name even though the best known namesake is both a betrayer and a tragic figure in the story of King Arthur. Guinevere is a very nice and refined feminine name that embodies feminine beauty.
Arcticwarrior  7/31/2009
Pretty, but somehow I don't like this name. It's really hard to come up for a nickname, and a bit ugly.
-Julia-  7/31/2009
I like this name, though I prefer the Italian form Ginevra. Despite the King Arthur character, I think it sounds more believable on a real person than, say, Lancelot or Merlin.
bananarama  10/6/2009
This is a beautiful name. I don't really mind the allusion to the Arthurian Guinevere. Almost all of the characters in the Arthurian legends were two-sided. Lancelot was Arthur's most devoted knight but also slept with his wife, Merlin was Arthur's advisor and friend but could be cruel to others, and Arthur himself was a great king but had an illegitimate son he ignored, and he could be ruthless. The fact that Guinevere cheated on Arthur because she fell in love with someone else doesn't put me off the name any more than the fact that Queen Elizabeth I encouraged piracy and ruthlessly killed her opposers puts me off the name Elizabeth.
britto08  11/22/2009
My name's Guinevere. It's kind of disconcerting how many folks on here seem to disagree with it; I get almost daily compliments. And a nickname is easy--everyone calls me Jenny. My dad says it's what they call Guinevere in the movie Camelot, and it makes sense given the name's recent history.

A lot of people seem to want to call me Genevieve, though. Or Geneva. Or Jenna-vere, whatever that is. Or really anything beginning with a G sound.
jennyfaye  11/24/2009
I think this is a really beautiful, lovely-sounding name, which in my opinion denotes the person as being smart, sophisticated, well-educated and well-groomed. :)
walesgal92  7/3/2010
I like the name Guinevere. It's a fun name when you say it.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2010
Frilly, and it looks oddly masculine. I don't like it.
Chrila96  8/18/2010
Nevermind it's actually niiiiiice now. I couldn't figure it out before, but now I know the pronunciation it sounds pretty and very feminine. Still wouldn't name my daughter this, though.
Chrila96  9/11/2010
Guinevere van Seenus (born September 15 1977) is an American fashion model.
Lunar_Wolf  11/29/2010
I used to hate it, but it grew on me and I think it's absolutely GORGEOUS! (:
Chrila96  1/4/2011
It's a beautiful name, but it's rather pretentious and a bit heavy to the ear. I don't think the kid'll have to worry about the Queen Guinevere jokes, though. Not many kids know about the Arthurian legends.
Black_X  10/9/2011
I really like this name, which sounds very elegant. It's rare and lovely for me.
Gwendolineodz  11/13/2011
Guinevere is a lovely name. I would definitely use this for a future daughter, and I don't think the association with Arthur's Queen is "that" bad.
UniqueNameLover  7/31/2012
I thought it was a man's name! Reminds me of a penguin.
SEC908  12/25/2012
I really like this name, even though for some reason it always seems to be the favorite name of name nerds. I probably like Gwenevere better though.
thesnowwhiterose  6/3/2013
The name Guinevere was given to exactly 100 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I like it better than Gwendolen, and I like the nickname Vera.
lilpimpteller  5/25/2015
My six year old grand daughter is named Gweneviere, started calling her Winnie for short but Gwen & Gwennie took over. I love this name it is just perfect for her too.
Ksantos  9/29/2015
Guinevere is a beautiful name. It sounds very regal and classy.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
This is such a strong, unique, beautiful name and I wonder why it's not nearly as popular as it should be.
al84  12/28/2015
Too 'princessy'.
Oleg Karachi  1/15/2016
I actually named my youngest Guinevere. It fits her well; incredibly intelligent, strong, & stubborn as heck. My oldest is Rose & I think the names compliment each other. I receive compliments quite regularly on both of their names.
Commonname85  2/14/2016
Very beautiful, but I like Genevieve and Ginevra better. Still, Guinevere is a lovely name with multiple cute nicknames and an interesting history behind it.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
The name Guinevere was given to 176 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
Czech version is Jenovefa and Polish version is Genowefa.
Samantha Carter  7/31/2016
This is among my favorite names right now, and it's a nickname goldmine: Gwen, Gwyn, Vera, etc. It's a queenly name that actually commands attention rather than just looking frilly. I like the combination Guinevere Elise.
erb816  1/18/2017
This is my name and it is unique and I do love it. It isn't easy to pronounce though, if someone isn't familiar with it.
gkamccauley  2/19/2017
It's pretty, but I'd imagine it hard to pull off. Good name for a character in a story, though.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2017
I really like Guinevere now, plus she can be Gina or Eve if she doesn't like Guinevere. It is nearly my favorite feminine name and I would definitely name my daughter Guinevere, probably Guinevere Alice or Guinevere Marie are my favorite combinations.
XironDarkstar  9/23/2017

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