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PronouncedPron.JEN-i-fər English
JE-ni-fu German

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 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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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute