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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. JEHN-i-fər(English)
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Meaning & History

From a Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (see GUINEVERE). This name has only been common outside of Cornwall since the beginning of the 20th century, after it was featured in George Bernard Shaw's play 'The Doctor's Dilemma' (1906).
VariantsJenifer(English) Yenifer(Spanish (Latin American))
DiminutivesJen, Jena, Jenelle, Jeni, Jenn, Jenna, Jenni, Jennie, Jenny, Jenae, Jenessa(English) Jenny(German) Jenny(Dutch) Jennie, Jenny(Swedish) Jenny(Spanish) Yenny(Spanish (Latin American))
Other Languages & CulturesGwenhwyfar, Guenevere, Guinevere(Arthurian Romance) Jenifer(Cornish) Jenna, Jenni, Jenny(Finnish) Guenièvre(French) Dzsenifer(Hungarian) Jenný(Icelandic) Ginevra(Italian) Gaenor(Welsh) Gwenhwyfar(Welsh Mythology)


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


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