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I am a Jennifer with the middle name Grace. I was named after 2 grandmothers, an aunt and a great aunt so there is family honor involved. Because I was born in the early 1950's, Jennifer was not common. I went to a very small school and was the only Jennifer there. I didn't like my name as a child and in high school changed it to Jenni. In the mid 1970's, I was living with relatives who only knew me as Jennifer so I went back to my full first name and have been Jennifer since. I have only met two other Jennifers and they both went by Jenny. One day I was on Classmates. Com and saw that there was a Gennifer years after I graduated.
-I have come to terms with my name and wouldn't have it any other way. I do agree that it was overused in the 1970's and '80's just like many other names over the years.
JaGeR  10/21/2017
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Another song, Jennifer Eccles by The Hollies 1968.
Furryjen123  10/8/2017
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This is my half sister's name. Her name is Jennifer Denise. I love that combo and would use it for my own child, if I do want children. Jennifer Renee is my top choice for a name though.
thezenithofnadir  8/16/2017
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Jennifer Ann "Jenn" McAllister is an American actress, author, and YouTuber. She is known as "jennxpenn" on YouTube. McAllister rose to fame with her YouTube Channel that has over 3 million subscribers and more than 210 million views. She played Abby in Bad Night and Andie Fixler in the YouTube Red Original Series Foursome.
cutenose  7/17/2017
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Jennifer Flavin Stallone is a former American model and current entrepreneur and business owner. She is married to actor Sylvester Stallone. Flavin was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in West Hills, a district of Los Angeles. She has six siblings: two sisters, Tricia and Julie, and four brothers, Tom, Pat, Shannon, and Mitch. She attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. Flavin's father died when she was 11 years old, leaving her mother to care for seven children. She started modeling at the age of 19 at the Elite Modeling Agency.
cutenose  6/28/2017
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Jennifer Shahade is a United States chess player, poker player, commentator and writer. She is a two-time United States Women's Champion and has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. Jennifer is the author of the books 'Chess Bitch' and 'Play Like a Girl' and co-author of 'Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess.' She is also the online editor at uschess. Org, MindSports Ambassador for PokerStars and a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis.
cutenose  6/26/2017
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Jennifer Lynne "Jenn" Brown is an Emmy Award Winning American sports broadcaster and television host. A former Division I Collegiate Athlete for the University of Florida, she is often on the sidelines of the biggest college football and baseball games for ESPN. She was the first female correspondent for Inside the NFL and can be regularly seen covering both boxing and MMA. She spent eight years as a reporter and host for ESPN and recently sidelined the show American Ninja Warrior.
cutenose  5/26/2017
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Jennifer Esposito is an American actress, author, baker, and health advocate. Esposito is most known for her appearances in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, and Welcome to Collinwood, and she is known for roles in several television series including, Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses among others. She currently appears as a regular cast member on the CBS hit television series NCIS in the role of Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn.
cutenose  5/24/2017
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Jennifer Lynn "Jenni" Farley, also known as JWoww, is an American television personality. She first came to prominence as one of the eight main cast members in the MTV reality series Jersey Shore, and is a main cast member of its spin-off, Snooki & JWoww. She has also made several appearances on other shows, such as TNA Impact!, Disaster Date and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. JWoww also promotes a line of suntanning products with the Australian Gold Company.
cutenose  5/17/2017
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Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1985 horror film Phenomena, the 1986 film Labyrinth and the 1991 films Career Opportunities and The Rocketeer. She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.
cutenose  5/5/2017
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My middle name is Jennifer and I absolutely love it. I think it's so feminine and pretty. I haven't met too many Jennifers, I've known maybe 3 in my time, but the ones I've known go by Jenny or Jen. I LOVE the nickname Jen, I think it's so pretty for some reason. I don't think I could be a Jenny, but I think that's a nice name as well. I once told a friend my middle name was Jennifer and they said, "of course it is, that's the whitest name there is," which I didn't exactly appreciate. I agree that it's overused on celebrities, but for a good reason, it's a super awesome name, so it's understandable to me that people use it so much.
dancingbear  4/12/2017
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In the 1934 film "Gambling Lady," Barbara Stanwyck plays Jennifer Lady Lee.
TarisaKay  3/30/2017
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Jennifer Giroud is the wife of French footballer Olivier Giroud.
lilolaf  2/22/2017
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Jennifer Hawkins is an Australian model, brand ambassador, entrepreneur, television presenter and beauty queen best known for being crowned Miss Universe Australia and later the same year Miss Universe 2004. She is currently the host of Australia's Next Top Model, face of Australian department store Myer, Lovable Intimates, Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling and Range Rover. She is the founder and CEO of two successful brands, Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins swimwear and Jbronze tanning line, and manages an ever-growing property portfolio. She is married to Jake Wall, her de facto partner for eight years previous, whom she met on a local beach.
cutenose  1/20/2017
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Jennifer Hosten is a Grenadian radio announcer, development worker, diplomat, author, model and beauty queen who won the Miss World 1970 contest, representing Grenada. She became the first woman from her country to win the title. The whole contest had been controversial even before the result had been announced. Afterwards allegations were made about the influence of the Prime Minister of Grenada, who was on the judging panel.
cutenose  1/12/2017
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It's a pretty name, though there are way too many people in my school with the name, at least in one form or another (from Jennifer to Jen, Jenny, etc.)
valtics  1/11/2017
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Baroness Tonge aka Jenny Tonge is a controversial British politician. She was born in 1942 as Jennifer Louise Smith.
Just Jonquil  11/3/2016
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My middle name is Jennifer and I have been known by this name for nearly 45 years. I find it too popular, and I loathe being called Jenn or Jenny. So I am slowly referring to myself by my first name. It is a slow process. But as long as you don't call me Jenn or Jenny, I'm cool!
― Anonymous User  9/12/2016
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Jenny means female donkey. What a great diminutive. Also, too popular.
Eileen1209864  6/12/2016
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This is my name and I don't mind it. I could be called worse! I didn't like it when I was younger but I don't actually think about it anymore. At the end of the day it's just a name but it's the person that makes the name! I do know a couple of Jennifers, but I like my name so am not worried that it's common! You should just be unique and the name will be suited to you.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2016
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In Season 3 to Season 5 of the American TV series NCIS, the character of Directer was called Jennifer Shepherd.
Loads of Randomness  4/2/2016
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My mom's name is Jennifer (she was born in the 80's) and I don't think the name is that common. Actually I've only met two other Jennifers in my life (one I met a couple years back that worked with my mom) and one I met at school. The name isn't really popular.
thatgirl_jada  3/9/2016
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I think I have about 42 Jennifers on my FB friends list.
― Anonymous User  2/24/2016
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I'm a Jennifer. I absolutely hate it. Jenny doesn't suit me, and I outgrew Jenn in high school. I never once was the only Jennifer in my class growing up. My brother ended up marrying a Jennifer (which makes Christmas nice and confusing). Even as a small child, I always wanted a different name and remember asking my parents why they couldn't come up with anything better, lol. I love them to death, but admittedly feel they screwed me with this. I hate introducing myself with it, and believe it or not, it can be a disadvantage. It's so popular it doesn't stick in anyone's mind. I've done well for myself but I think it has a tendency to make you more forgettable in a professional sense until you've really worked to make a memorable impression, as surprising as that may seem. It also pretty much instantly dates you. I don't care for crazy out there names, but even that's gotta be better than the most popular name for 3 decades! Definitely not a mistake I made with my daughter!
blondiewatkins  2/23/2016
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A boring, bland and overused name I keep hearing all the time.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
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I am neutral towards this name. I like it in that it is a feminine but not frilly name, and it has legitimate origins and a long history of use.

However, as a look at the popularity graph suggests, from about 1969 to 1986 it seemed as though everyone was naming his/her daughter Jennifer, and as such there are LOTS of young-adult and middle-aged Jennifers out there.

I wouldn't use it unless the popularity dropped more and it became less overused.
YITYNR  1/2/2016
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A famous bearer of this name is Jennifer Lawrence who's best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Yui17  1/1/2016
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I absolutely love my name!

My mother spelled my name with 2 N's & 2 F's.
Jenniffer - it's a beautiful name and it makes me unique from all the others.

I go by Jenn and I wouldn't change my name, no matter what people think.
Jnnffr  11/27/2015
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My name is actually Jennifer and I (personally) hate the name Jenny because it just does not suit me. On anyone else whose name's Jennifer it's great but not mine, it just does not match me. I usually get called Jenn Jenn and Jenn but I would like a different quirky name for myself that would suit me.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2015
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I've always been fascinated that there are only two other names that rhyme with Jennifer:

Christopher
Lucifer

I love this name. No one ever messes it up and I have the freedom to be who I want to be. Forget the "feminine" and "delicate" girls who are named Claire and Josephine. Forget those girls trying to be tomboy-tough like Morgan and Alex. I enjoy the confidence of having a name that is almost a blank slate because it's so common. We span decades and all personalities. Perhaps the only thing we have in common is that we all rock!
JJ1976  9/2/2015
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What an incredibly good point. I really hated having such a common name (I'm on the tail end but it was still No. 1 in my year, too) but what a good point! None of us "stand out" bc there are so many of us and you can truly be who you are instead of someone having a ready-made impression of you. It does lend a beautiful level of anonymity to the name!

Thanks for changing my perspective on my own name, haha!
PhilHiker  10/21/2015
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Jennifer Brown, a YouTube gaming commentator.
pasie  8/6/2015
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My name is Jennifer and I love it. Now. However, when I was younger I wanted a less common name. I know a LOT of other Jennifers, but that's okay. I am a proud product of 1974. We all have a beautiful, albeit extremely overused name, and I embrace it. There are a lot of worse names a girl could have!
jenniferkline  6/1/2015
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I always think of a really attractive woman when I come across this name.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2015
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My sister has this name. It is very common and beautiful.
coolgirl6378  3/24/2015
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Jennifer here. I was born in 1976 and was rarely ever the only Jennifer in my class. There was always at least 1 more, sometimes 2 or 3. I don't particularly like my name but I suppose it could be worse. Most people call me "Jenn". I wish my name was something more classic, like Emma or Claire. Oh well. My middle name is "Dawn", because I was born early in the morning... which does sound kind of nice.
jdstew76  12/27/2014
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My name's Jennifer, and for some reason, when an older person (I would say in their 60s or older) asks me my name, I have found that I have to say "Jennifer" because if I say "Jenn" they immediately respond with "JOHN?" I don't know, I guess until the 70s the name Jennifer must not have been used very much.
jdstew76  12/27/2014
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I love the name Jennifer, and have since I was a little girl!
― Anonymous User  12/9/2014
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This should be listed in Cornish names, as that is its origin.
thesnowwhiterose  12/8/2014
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Also common in Germany in the 80s. [noted -ed]
Quamalamalam  11/15/2014
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Jennifer was so popular while I was growing up that I always knew several Jennifers. I don't think it's quite as popular, but still a little too popular for me to want to use. I know a lot of nice Jennifers, too.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
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This name is gorgeous and you can't go wrong with the nickname Jenny. =)
― Anonymous User  9/1/2014
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Jennifer 8. Lee (born Lǐ Jìng) is an American journalist who worked for The New York Times, co-founds and is the President of the literary studio Plympton, as well as having produced The Search for General Tso, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2014
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Jennifer "Jen" Taylor is an American voice actress.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
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Jennifer Hale is a Canadian-born American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
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Jennifer Stone is an American actress, best known for playing Harper Finkle on the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place and for playing Abby Hanover in Mean Girls 2.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2014
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I absolutely LOVE this name! If you love this name but are worried about the popularity, the popularity is definitely going down, so it is a wonderful choice. You should NEVER let the popularity of a name ruin your liking for it. It is beautiful, easy to say, easy to pronounce, and is simply gorgeous.
Elizabeth Anna  6/16/2014
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I think it is a very good name. It should be higher ranked in the U.S.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2014
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I'm sorry but I think this name is so ugly. There are so many pretty names in the world, why would any one pick Jennifer in this day and age? It's like naming your kid Betty or Mary, so plain and boring. It's so old-fashioned, a name that screams 1960's and early 1970's. It's extremely dated and I don't think any of the nicknames for it sound nice either (Jen, Jenny, etc..)
― Anonymous User  1/18/2014
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There is a fascinating sci-fi novel by author Charles Stross titled "The Jennifer Morgue". The title does not refer to a person, but rather to a secret military project.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2013
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I agree, this was a nice name, but was overused immensely in the 70's and 80's. I have also known many Jennifers, and almost all of them are very nice, friendly people. My name is an overused one as well. I don't like Jennifer Anniston, though.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2013
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I agree- Jennifer was nowhere near as overused in the UK and other countries as it was in the US. It's a perfectly normal, lovely, classic name in my eyes. I'm also at a loss as to why it's listed as English when it is most definitely Cornish.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2013
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Jennifer Morrison is an American actress who is known for playing Emma Swan on the TV show Once Upon a Time and Dr. Allison Cameron on the TV show House.
ophelia  9/13/2013
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There is a song called 'Jennifer' by the band Little Comets.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2013
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My name is Jennifer and I am from England where this name is not as common as it is in the USA. I actually barely run in to a Jennifer over here so I have always loved my name. I love all the nicknames that come with it also. I honestly think my name is perfect :)
MissJennifer  7/27/2013
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If it was originally a Cornish name, why is it not also listed as Cornish?
thesnowwhiterose  5/27/2013
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Well, all the Jennifer's I've known have been wonderful, spiritual ladies (there are quite a few in my church) and the name is very respected, especially now that it's pretty uncommon (hasn't even been in the top 100 since 2008). I know one little 4-year-old named Jennifer and she is praised for having a 'unique' name amidst all of the little Olivia's, Lily's, and Abigail's. Other than her, all the Jennifer's I know are over 28. This name has strong, commendable connotations where I'm from, made even more praiseworthy by the beautiful, talented Jennifer Lawrence. If someone says their name is Jennifer, the response is usually "how classic!" or "what a solid, lovely name!" It's not overused anymore.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2013
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I like the name Jennifer. In my elementary school there were never any in my grade or in the grades directly above and below me (which I had the most contact with). Until high school, the only Jennifer I knew was my sister's friend. Even during high school, there were only a couple of Jennifers I really came into contact with. The point being that it doesn't come off as hugely overused to me. I really love Jenn as a nickname.
K.G Valentina  2/21/2013
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When I was younger I loved this name. Now as I have gotten older I am not quite sure I feel the same. The 'ifer' is a bit odd.
blueeyesparkle  1/15/2013
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I kind of like the name Jennifer, but there are too many people with that name. I know of close to a dozen people named Jennifer, four are in my family. My sister, Aunt, Uncle's wife, and the mother of my niece are all named Jennifer. And I also used to go to church with a girl named Jennifer- she went by Jenna. And I really like the name Jenna.
Buggie  12/10/2012
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I'm a child of the 90s, having been born in '94, and I honestly don't mind my name much. I've been given nicknames ranging from "Jen" to "Genevieve". At this point I couldn't really imagine having anything else.

I only knew one other "Jennifer" when I was younger, but she was rarely around. (We shared the same exact initials, too, so it was kinda' funny.) I never had another one in my grade level before I graduated from highschool, though there was one who always went by "Jenna" in the grade below me (also funny, because her last name was my brother's first name) and another in the grade above. Now that I'm in college, there is one in several of my classes, but we never get confused.

Sometimes I do wish I had something a bit more notable, but then I consider the fact that many people that I talk to don't even use my real name, but my online nickname. Recently I've also been getting a kick out of the fact that my initials make another nickname.

On a final note, I do utterly hate one thing: "Jenn". I feel like I woke up one morning and EVERYONE decided it would be cool to add a second "n".
No. Just... no. ಠ_ಠ.
J11  10/22/2012
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My Mom saw Jennifer Jones in "A Farewell to Arms" and decided, if she ever had a daughter, she'd name her after Ms. Jones. Many years and four sons later, she got her wish. I was born in 1967, right before the "craze" hit... although there WERE two other Jennifers in my class. Never went by Jenny... always reminded me of a tiny, blonde, perky cheerleader which is NOT me, by a long shot. Always have gone by Jennifer or Jenn.
j3jewell  9/1/2012
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Jennifer North is the name of a character from the Jacqueline Susann novel "Valley of the Dolls" and its subsequent film adaptation from 1967. The character was portrayed by Sharon Tate.
JoReia  8/31/2012
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Jennifer Worth (nee Lee) [1935-2011] was an English midwife in the 1950s. She wrote her memoirs over several volumes, the first being "Call the Midwife" which has since been televised in the UK.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2012
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Jennifer Lawrence (b. 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2012
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Using Jennifer I made up the name... GWENNIFER! I prefer the name Gwennifer to Jennifer.
meemeeandmama  11/22/2011
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I think that this name is too common but I still like it because it is my favorite teacher's name.
meemeeandmama  10/27/2011
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I right away love the name Jennifer because of Jennifer Lopez.
Stewie_Griffin  9/21/2011
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Jennifer Losch Bartlett (born March 14, 1941 in Long Beach, California) is an American artist.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2011
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I very much like the name Jennifer. It's been used so much because it's a good name. I don't know any kids my age named Jennifer, though. Shame. Maybe I'll name my daughter Jennifer.
SamBelden  8/13/2011
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My name is Jennifer. I was going to be called Kimberly at birth but my mom decided on Jennifer after Jennifer Lopez since she was very popular in '95! Well it really doesn't matter, I like my name and I'm really the total opposite of what people think Jennifer's are like. I'm super quiet, lacking of energy, I'll rather stay home and not party. (: hahaa
― Anonymous User  7/3/2011
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A cool nickname would be maybe Ifer (Pronounced Eye-fer).
FlakyMatt  5/20/2011
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I am surprised at how so many people detest and unfairly criticize the name Jennifer. The way some people perceive and make such unreasonable notions and produce mindless opinions and conceptions about the name Jennifer is so absurd. The name doesn't form and develop a person into a certain type. I think Jennifer is a beautiful name and has a nice meaning: "fair, white, and smooth". And I'm sure there are plenty of smart, nice, sophisticated doctors and lawyers in the world that are named Jennifer. Jennifer is a common name, as are many other names, and has not lost its charm according to my concept.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2011
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I've known quite a few ladies with this name as their FIRST NAME and here is what they all had in common-

1. Almost all were rude, demanding and conceited
2. All cheated on their boyfriends
3. All slept with married men
4. Most were low income

The real irony is that Jennifer is my "middle name" and I am none of the above (perhaps because it's a middle name). LOL. But because the name Jennifer has such a negative connotation for many people, I seldom, if ever, disclose that it's my middle name. When someone asks what the "J" stands for-I'll usually say something like Juliet as opposed to admitting it's Jennifer.

The reason I say this is because I have gotten flack in the past from people. They'll usually say stuff like "Oh I knew a Jennifer once, she ran off with my husband" or "she stole my job" or "The Jennifer I knew couldn't be trusted" etc etc.

So I learned not to admit that's my middle name. Which is not hard to do considering it's not a first name for me:) If it was a first name I would have changed it the minute I turned 18. I believe that there is a certain psychology behind a name and I do believe that it is more than simple coincidence that certain people with certain names behave a certain way. If that makes any sense.
neutrina  4/29/2011
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It doesn't look even slightly feminine to me. All Jennifers I have personally known have been rude fat or chubby and just plain unlikable.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2011
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I prefer Jennifer to alternatives such as Guinevere or Gwenhwyfar. I also prefer Jennifer to nicknames such as Jen or Jenny. In my experience, I've found that most Jennifer's automatically go by a nickname or they're at least occasionally called Jen or Jenny, so to just go by Jennifer is actually rather unique.

Also, I hate alternate spellings of Jennifer, such as Jenifer or Jenipher. To me, these spellings are not so much unique as they are trashy and "kre8tyv."
― Anonymous User  10/25/2010
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I like the name Jennifer. I think that it's fine to name your daughter Jennifer. For me, the popularity of a name doesn't matter as long as you like the name, but if popularity does matter to you, Jennifer really isn't too common anymore. Also, the meaning (white wave, or white phantom) is pretty awesome.
fairy lights  10/25/2010
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My name is Jennifer. As a child, I didn't like it, partially because it was too popular and partially because I just didn't like the name but it's grown on me since then. I think it's fine to name a child Jennifer. It's not super popular like it was in the 70's/80's, so your daughter probably won't have to deal with having 3 other Jennifer's in her class, but it really isn't outdated either. It's currently #109 in popularity, so it's not too popular but not strange either.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2010
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It is sooo overused on the older crowd, but I think it sounds nice.
Chrila96  8/28/2010
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Pretty name, but certainly too overused. You can see on the popularity chart that at its peak in 1974, more than 4% of baby girls were named Jennifer (doesn't sound like too much, but that is more than 1 in 25). It was #1 from 1970 to 1984. It was in the top 10 from 1966 to 1991 also. It is less popular now though (#109 in 2009), not even in the top 100 so I would say it is alright to use.
Giving your daughter a different spelling (Jeniffer, Jenifer, etc.) would probably only confuse everyone. Your daughter wouldn't be able to just say, "My name is Jennifer," it would always have to be "My name is Jeniffer, with one N and two F's."
I love its connection to Guinevere though. I actually didn't know that before. I guess you learn something every day.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2010
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I have a friend with this named but spelled Jeniffer. She hates her name. I agree this name is used too much, I have met over ten Jennifer's. I work in a daycare so I meet tons of people everyday. This a VERY common name, I would never name my child this.
solareclipse243  7/29/2010
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My name is Jennifer. People think that anybody named Jennifer is stuck up, well that's not true. I am Mexican/American and sometimes people think its weird for a Latin person to have that name. My mom named me Jennifer in the year of '95 which in that year Jennifer Lopez made the movie Selena and everyone thought my mom named me after her which is false because I was born before the movie was made.
nogueda  6/25/2010
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I know 4 Jennifers. I don't know 4 of any other name, not even Mike or Sarah. What was up with the 70's, was everyone brainwashed? I mean sounds nice and has good nicknames and everything, but wow.
JW41926  4/12/2010
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This is my sister's name and she loathes being called it in full! She is always Jen to us; I've never ever called her Jenny. I love the roots of this name being Guinevere (in it's various spellings) because it has such a beautiful meaning. I don't know if my sister cares very much though!
amanda82  2/10/2010
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Jennifer Hope Wills currently plays Christine Daae in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera.
Booksroc  1/2/2010
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Boring and already used out. Then you have the millions of Jennifers in Hollywood. It is such a bland and boring name. Why did anyone use it in the first place?

No offence to anyone.
Alora  12/31/2009
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A famous bearer of this name is American actress Jennifer Carpenter (born December 7, 1979). She is best known for her role as Emily Rose in the film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," as well as her starring role on the television series "Dexter".
AndrewJKD  12/13/2009
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My name is Jennifer (shortened to Jenny) and I agree, it is vastly overused. In my class in school there are three Jennifers (including myself) so if you were to name a child, give them something slightly less popular, like the Welsh versions Guinevere, Gwyneth or the French Genevieve.
JennyRoseCullen  10/28/2009
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I was born in 1991, and growing up, I've only known ONE Jennifer! But, I know of TONS of adults with this name. So I don't find this name "overused" at all for my generation--in the 90s it was Ashley, Brittany, Nicole, Tiffany, etc.
Now, I see the "overused" names being Ava, Emma/Emily (though I like Emma actually), and Madison, as another person pointed out.

There's nothing wrong with the name Jennifer. It's actually very pretty--but if there will be a nickname, Jena/Jenna is DEFINITELY better than Jenny!
erb816  10/9/2009
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My name is Jennifer, and I have grown to love it. Nobody ever mispronounces it and there are many different things people can call me. Jen, Jenny/Jenna, or Jennifer. I love the way it's long but can be shortened by choice.
jen354011  9/7/2009
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I've always liked this name and can't think of a negative personal association I have with it, but it's just way too overused in my generation. Was 'Love Story' really that unforgettable and great of a movie to all of those women who started naming their daughters Jennifer in the Seventies? Although unlike many popular girls' names of today, it sounds professional and grown-up, and was used (albeit a lot less commonly) before it shot up the charts.

I also once met a moving man named Jennifer, thirteen years ago. He was probably in his mid-thirties or so, and said he'd been named after his grandmother. Now there's one name I can't imagine switching genders!
Anyechka  8/19/2009
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In my opinion, though this name was EXPREMELY popular, this name was MUCH better than the popular names of today such as Madison, Addison, Ashley, Taylor, etc. Still, I think it's pretty.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2009
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Jennifer is a really pretty name. I think that the popularity ruined it in a sense, but now that the popularity is somewhat dying, it is actually a beautiful name! I love it! As well, this is a name that someone can grow up with. Example: Jenny/Jenna as a child (not too fond of Jenny), Jen/Jenna as a teen, and Jennifer as an adult! (:
RosePetals016  6/27/2009
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I am named Jennifer and I don't like Jenny, it's a childish term. I go by Jennifer or by Jen, I was adopted and my parents gave me the choice of my new name at the age of ten and I chose Jennifer, I loved it then and now. It is a lot better then Priscilla. I am proud to be named Jennifer not only because of the sound or the origin but because my parents adopted me and chose to rename me as their child.
cheyennesn  6/23/2009
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I'm an 80s baby, so I have been friends with many, many Jennifers. I never really thought about the name- It almost became more like a word than a name to me because of its popularity. But now that I'm older, I totally see the appeal of Jennifer. I probably would have used it in the 70s as well. While I would like to name a future daughter after one of my all time favorite celebs (Jennifer Lynn Lopez), I wouldn't because the name is quite dated. To all future parents: Emily IS the Jennifer of this new generation, as Ashley, Brittany, Tiffany, and Jessica are in my generation.
cwynn6  6/5/2009
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Jenny Gluckstein is the main character of Peter S. Beagle's Tamsin.
Reby  6/2/2009
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Famous bearer is Jennifer Rardin, writer of the Jaz Parks novels.
Reby  6/2/2009
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This is my name. This is even a huge surprise to me, but I have never in my entire life met another Jennifer. There are ups and downs to my name though. I do wish that my name was a little more unique. Also, people always seem to find a way to shorten it. Which I really don't mind. In the end, I love my name as much as I hate it! :DD
― Anonymous User  5/31/2009
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You know your name is overused when you try to pick out a name for your unborn child & find a book in the baby names section titled "Something To Name Your Child Other Than Jennifer or Jason".

The only version I absolutely can't stand is Jenny. Too cutesy & let's not forget Forrest Gump's absolute mutilation of the name, "I love you Jen-nay".

I introduce myself as Jennifer instead of Jenn because thanks to my thick Massachusetts accent they usually say back, "Nice to meet you Jan". Ugh! Jan, as if!
jenn02911  4/7/2009
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I much prefer the name Jennifer (my name) to the name my mom wanted to give me, which was Polly (YUCK sorry to the Polly's out there). I never used a nickname until late middle school when my friends began calling me Jen. I despise the name Jenny, it sounds like a mule's name. In my mid teens I got nicknamed Jenna, and that is what I prefer to be called now. Only a few people call me Jennifer anymore.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2009
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I'm starting to like this name. I don't know, there's just something about the sound that I like. However, I probably wouldn't use this name. Sadly. It was way too popular during the 70's.
emmiix3  3/14/2009
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I hated my name when I was a child, I didn't know anyone else with the name so I always felt different. It wasn't until I was older that I began to love it, after all everyone is different so why have a common name! I still rarely meet other Jennifers and although I get called Jenni most of the time I'm proud to be a Jennifer.
lucefur  2/3/2009
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A famous bearer is American stage actress Jennifer Laura Thompson (born December 5, 1969). She has originated many roles in Broadway productions, such as Ariel Moore in the "Footloose" as well as Hope Cladwell in "Urinetown". She is perhaps best known as Kristin Chenoweth's replacement in the role of Glinda in the Broadway production of "Wicked", having played the role from July 2004 until May 2005.
AndrewJKD  12/8/2008
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In 1968 folk-rock singer Donovan wrote the song "Jennifer Juniper" and it charted in both the UK and US.

Jennifer Juniper's real name is Helen Mary Boyd aka "Jenny" given to her by her older sister Pattie Boyd. She was a 1960s London fashion model the same as Pattie. Jenny dated Donovan briefly who then wrote the song about her. It is said that the name Juniper was the name of a boutique that Jenny owned.

Perhaps it is this song that started the craze that shot Jennifer into being one of the most popular names in the '70s and early '80s. My mother admits to loving this song and that it inspired her to name me Jennifer. I was born in '81.
reznorsgrrl  12/2/2008
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Unfortunately, this name also makes me think of Lucifer. I used to think that it was a combination of Lucy and Jennifer, and therefore it would be a girl's name. I didn't even realise it was another name for Satan.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2008
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There are lots of good nicknames for Jennifer, but the full name has always reminded me of "conifer". No offense to the Jennifers out there!
― Anonymous User  10/26/2008
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In the hit TV show 'Scrubs', characters Dr. Perry Cox and his ex-wife Jordan Sullivan name their second child Jennifer Dylan (named 'JD' to spite Dr. Cox, naming her after one of his doctors).
scholasticastewart  10/21/2008
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Makes me think of conifers.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2008
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In 2007 it ranked at #64 on the SSA popular names chart, with 0.2191% of all US girls given Social Security numbers that year being named Jennifer.

My future neice will most likely be given this name. If her parents stay in this state (where Jennifer didn't even rank in the top 100) while she grows up, she may regularly be the only Jennifer in her class. Not bad.

The name may feel overused to us adults (and for good reason), it won't be overused in the rising generation. The worst that could happen is my neice having a best friend who's mother's name is Jennifer. Oh, well.
RedGyl  10/10/2008
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This is my name, and I have never been a fan of it, mostly because of its popularity. My mother claims that it wasn't popular when I was born, but I have since learned that it was the #1 name in the 70s and early 80s, and I was born in 1983, so maybe she was just out of the loop or something. Because of this, though, I have vowed to not name any of my children anything that is that popular.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2008
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My name is Jennifer, but I hate it. The only time someone uses my name Jennifer is when someone is yelling at me. So I go by Jenny. I read in a few books that Jennifer means girl donkey. Yes I hate it too, but I love the name Jenny. I guess that's because I am the only Jennifer/Jenny in my school.
zoukt  9/10/2008
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Russian actor Walter Matthau and Grace Geraldine Johnson have a daughter Jennifer Matthow, born 2nd August 1956.
Emilie007  8/31/2008
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Even though it's a trendy name that's been done to death, I still think it's a lovely name.
bananarama  7/28/2008
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I really think parents should give this name a rest altogether and maybe start using it again several decades from now. It is FAR too common. Even those of us who don't know a Jennifer personally can surely name at least 10 celebrities named Jennifer, probably many more. It's a nice enough name, but it also shows the utter lack of imagination from the parents' side, and comes across as one of those names that plenty of unwanted girls have been saddled with in the 70s and 80s.
slight night shiver  6/9/2008
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Twin sisters Jennifer and June Gibbons are born in England. The two would gain renown while growing up for their unwillingness to talk to anyone but each other and would develop one of the most severe cases of a unique twin language in medical annals (a book on the pair called The Silent Twins was written in 1986). Both would serve 11 years in prison as adults and Jennifer would die of mysterious causes on June 9, 1993.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
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In 2006 Jennifer was the 51st most common name given to baby girls. It's certainly not as popular as it was 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago. It was the number 1 most popular name given to girls between the years 1970 and 1984. It's had a steady decline in popularity since then.

The "new" Jennifer, in my opinion, would be Madison. People are using the same excuses they used for Jennifer in naming their daughters Madison. "Well it can't be THAT popular since I don't know any Madisons." Yes, that's probably true. But Madison isn't popular among adults. It's a newly popular name. It's popular among children under 10. Yes, you may know a TON of Jennifers (I do too), but that's because Jennifer was super popular around the time we were born. It's not nearly as popular now. It's still in the top 100. But newer and fresher names have taken it's place.

In about 20 years we're going to see people possibly trying to revive Jennifer, while shunning the name Madison because it's overused. (I have other reasons to shun Madison. But that's another story)

Anyways. I prefer the original origins of Jennifer. Guinevere and Gwenhwyfar. My middle name is Guinevere and I love it. If I ever have a second daughter, her middle name will be Gwenhwyfar. I think both are great alternatives to Jennifer.
NiamhWitch  5/2/2008
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This name reminds me of someone who would be smart and pretty.
Honeyrose  12/13/2007
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The lead singer of the band Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, has this name.
pandasayscynical  12/11/2007
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Jennifer is a very pretty name! I really like this name. It sounds so sweet and soothing! Kinda like a rose, only ... not!
littleengen2992  11/20/2007
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I adore this name, and the nickname Jenny. Jenny is also a nickname for Jane, which is my legal name. I go by Jenny mostly, but sometimes Jaynie.
Emma McHnery  11/12/2007
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Better than Jenny, in my opinion.
stormy_lovegood  11/8/2007
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I would also like to say I don't like its nickname, Jenny.
stormy_lovegood  10/8/2007
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Not a bad name, but so overused. I was born in the 70s and it seems like literally half the girls I grew up with were named Jennifer, while the other half were named Christine.
johann14  10/2/2007
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Well I love the name Jennifer. I hate the nickname Jenny. I don't mind Jenn or Jena but Jenny. I want 9 girls but my third I want to be Jennifer hope.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2007
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My fave actor by the name of Jennifer is Jennifer Garner.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2007
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Jennifer Nettles of Soul Miner's Daughter, The Jennifer Nettles Band, and most recently Sugarland. Everyone knows her from Sugarland but check out her website: www.jennifernettles.com - awesome solo material on there!
carly_89  8/2/2007
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I am sooooo sick of this name. *rolls eyes*
― Anonymous User  7/12/2007
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My sister's name is Jennifer, though she goes by Jennie. I call her JenBen or Jennaping. I've also had several good friends by the name. I think that steriotypically speaking, they all do seem to have a sense of self-confidence about them or at least portray that, which I think is great. I've never not liked a Jennifer. I think they all have struggled on some level with the the height of popularity of their name. Most I know deal by using different versions &/or spellings, though one friend Jen, just took it out on her kids by giving them very unique names. :)
goreab  6/26/2007
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My name is Jennifer and I have to admit that when I was in school, I hated that I had the same name as at least 2 other girls because I wanted to be different. However now that I am 26, I learned to appreciate the name and really enjoy it now.
JenMtz  6/4/2007
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It's a nice name but there are just too many of us. I go by Jenny because it's less common. I'm really shocked that it still being used by today's parents, it's just so dated.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2007
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This name is pretty, but VERY overused. Maybe you should try naming your daughter this after the popularity has dropped. That way, your daughter won't have to be one of many Jennifers in her school.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
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I really don't like this name. I think it sounds trashy.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2007
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Lead singer of the country music group Sugarland is named Jennifer Nettles.
Missy  3/17/2007
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This is my favorite "overused" name and I used to really want to name a future daughter Jennifer. But my boyfriend hates it because his ex is named Jennifer and she cheated on him.
VeryGorgeous  3/13/2007
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The name "Jennifer" in my opinion, well, though it's an alright girls' name, albeit overused, I feel sorry for any adult that has that name. It sounds rather childish, and a mature adult might want to change their name to an alternative 'Jessica', 'Jen', or 'Jenny', but very few adults like the name Jennifer.

Jennifer is the 3rd most overused name in America, I think. It's too popular, mainly around people born in the 1970's, who are thirty something years old now, and feel like strangling their parents for naming them so.
stormy_lovegood  3/6/2007
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It's my mother's name, so even though it's common, I still think highly of it.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2007
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It's a pretty name, but I've known more Jennifers than I can count! I would wait until it was less popular to use it.
scarletquillraven  2/19/2007
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Well now, I hated my name as a kid (disgusted about my brother calling me with the ryhme: "Jen Ben where have you Ben" and the occasional offending nickname: fur). Also, exceptionally disgusting and offensive, distasteful and unnessesary: Furnifer. Just lovely. SCARRED FOR FREAKIN' LIFE! Yeah so if you really want to change your name, this is a great alternitive: Jeniffer. I love it, very hot. :) If someone decides to try it tell me what kind of response you get! I don't have sufficient courage. :(
Gwenhwyfar  1/30/2007
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I live in England in a fairly multicultural area and I only know one Jennifer who goes by Jenny.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2007
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I have to admit that Jennifer sounds dated, but I still think that it is a nice name.
Emma McHnery  1/20/2007
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All the people with this name should start using their middle name when introducing themselves to others. I wonder why every famous Jennifer didn't do that.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2007
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In Welsh Jennifer means white-cheeked. I've also seen it used as fair in combination with beautiful, prsoperous or fertile. It's also said that a Jennifer has deep emotions, a bright mind and will do aything to reach her goal.
Amaryllis Isis  1/17/2007
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Jennifer Hudson is an actress in the new movie DreamGirls.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2006
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I like it but yeah it's kinda overused. I prefer the spelling like Jenipher better than Jennifer. If you have a common name at least give it a unique spelling.
Cayla  12/27/2006
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I love this name. I don't care if it is overused. It's so popular it's unique. I think most people think of Jennifers as stuck up rich girls. Well a name isn't a person. I hate it when people call me Jenny it sounds like a little kid. I prefer Jen or Jenn. Most people I know call me Jen. Sometimes they call me Jen N.
JenN  12/23/2006
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There is an author named Jennifer Apodaca.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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Famous bearer is Greek-American actress Jennifer Anastassakis (Friends, Camp Cucamonga, She´s the One).
Maggie_Simpson  11/21/2006
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Jennifer Knapp is a Christian music artist.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
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I knew a Jennifer who went by Niff, instead of the ubiquitous Jenny.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2006
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Jennifer Wilbands was the panicked bride that ran away and told police that she was kidnapped.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
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Don't forget Jennifer Ehle, a British actress perhaps best known for her role in A&E's Pride and Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennett.
KayElleCee  9/29/2006
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Famous bearer: Jennifer O'Neill, "Cover Girl" model, actress (Rio Lobo, Summer of '42, The Carey Treatment, The Innocent, Scanners), author.
frightwig  9/21/2006
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The Ali MacGraw character in the 1970 film 'Love Story' is named Jennifer, one reason the name became so popular in the '70s. A whole generation named after "a twenty-five year old girl who died."
frightwig  9/20/2006
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Jennifer is a good name. It has the nicknames, Je, and Jenny. My parents named me Jayne Ann. I can't think of any nicknames for it.
Emma McHnery  8/31/2006
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Reminds me of the word connifer.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2006
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The singer Jennifer Paige. Two of her hits are the songs "Crush" and "Chain Of Fools".
iva_toneva  6/21/2006
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By the way, why has no one mentioned Jennifer Capriati (1990 Grand Slam champ and at a very young age)? She was quite famous.
bean  6/15/2006
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Don't like the name Jennifer. Most of the ones I know are stuck up. In old times it must have meant demons or something.
― Anonymous User  6/12/2006
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This is my Mom's name, and she says that after she was named Jennifer instead of Cathy (really scary), everyone started to be named that. She doesn't like Jenny and goes by Jen. Most of the Jennifer's I know are adults, and I only know one kid Jennifer, who goes by Jenny.
lauren_somebody  6/11/2006
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Let us not forget Jennifer Saunders, the wickedly comic genius behind Britain's "Absoloutely Fabulous".
elizabeth hamlet  6/3/2006
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To the person whose friend said, "All Jennifers are hot," let me assure you that I have known at least as many ugly Jennifers as beautiful ones, and I have known at least 100 Jennifers! I don't really get why this name caught on so much in the 1970s; I think it's unpleasant-sounding. If it were my name (and it almost was) I would definitely go by "Jenny." I don't like the full name or "Jen."
sharkycharming  5/10/2006
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Yet another famous bearer: Liverpool actress Jennifer Ellison.
Melusine  5/2/2006
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My name is Jennifer and I have to agree that it is way overused. When my parents named me in 1971 they said they only knew of one other Jennifer. In grade 3 there were 3 of us and we were Jen, Jenny and Jennifer. I hated that. But I do have to say, aside from being very popular, I do like my name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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Way, way, way too overused.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2006
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I like this name, but I agree it's overly-used (no offense) :) I think the French pronunciation for the "J" would be lovely; "Zhen-e-fver".
Tbird  3/31/2006
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Famous bearer is Jennifer Love Hewitt, an American actress.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2006
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If it is according to Welsh Mythology then Gwener is the Welsh word for the planet Venus.
Gwener [m.] (n.) Venus
or even
gwe+n [gwenau, f.] (n.) smile, grin.
jaspierce  3/21/2006
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It was strange.. There was once a scene in Days of Our Lives where Jennifer was pretending to be a ghost or angel. She was hanging mid-air in a white gown. I was reading a Name Book, and when that scene was on I read that Jennifer means "white phantom".
lindamaree  3/8/2006
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Jennifer Graham was the "Frog Girl" who made it possible for children to say No to disecting frogs or other creatures in science class.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
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My friend once said "every Jennifer is hot." But I agree the name is way to overused.
dani_08  3/5/2006
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I legally changed my name from Jennifer. Please, do not name your daughter this. If you just have to name her Jennifer, give her a unique spelling or pronunciation.
boogymama  2/10/2006
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Nice name, but overused. By the way, a famous bearer is Jennifer Lopez, who is gorgeous and succesful.
ender  1/23/2006
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Another famous bearer is Jennifer Grey, who played the lead female character "Frances 'Baby' Houseman" in the wonderful movie "Dirty Dancing".
Charlie1977  11/9/2005
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A famous bearer is actress Jennifer Connelly (born Jennifer Lynn Connelly on December 12, 1970). She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2001 for "A Beautiful Mind".
AndrewJKD  11/3/2005
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Another famous bearer of this name is Jennifer Peña. She's a popular Latina singer.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
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A famous bearer of this name is American actress Jennifer Jones (b. 1919), who won the Oscar as Best Actress in 1943 for "The Song of Bernadette". She has also starred in "Since You Went Away" (1944), "Duel in the Sun" (1946), "Portrait of Jennie" (1948), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) or "Tender Is the Night" (1962), among other films.
alberto  9/8/2005
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I don't care how many famous bearers of this name there are, it's my name and I don't like it. I've always hated the "fur" at the end.
gin_rummy  9/1/2005
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Famous bearers: actresses Jennifer Aniston (Friends, Bruce Almighty), Jennifer Connelly (Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind) and Jennifer Garner (Alias, 13 Going On 30). Also the singer/actress Jennifer Lopez.
reservoirdoll1987  7/28/2005
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Hello all, as far as I know the name means as much as "white spirit", "bright spirit" or, as a free translation, "good spirit". It derives from the Arabic "djinn" meaning "ghost" and "fer" for "white".
― Anonymous User  6/30/2005
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Jennifer means pure, white wave or if it is spelled Jennipher then it means pure, white ghost.
OBiancardi  4/1/2005

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