Meaning & History
From the Norman French form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar meaning "white phantom", ultimately from the Old Celtic roots *windos meaning "fair, white, blessed" (modern Welsh gwen) and *sebros 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) Jennifer, Gwenevere, Jen, Jena, Jenae, Jenelle, Jenessa, Jeni, Jenifer, Jenn, Jenna, Jenni, Jennie, Jenny(English) Gaynor(English (British)) Jenny(Finnish) Guenièvre(French) Jennifer, Jenny(German) Dzsenifer(Hungarian) Jenný(Icelandic) Ginevra(Italian) Jenifer, Jennifer, Jenny(Spanish) Yenifer(Spanish (Latin American)) Jennifer, Jennie, Jenny(Swedish) Gaenor(Welsh) Gwenhwyfar(Welsh Mythology)
Queen Guinevere by William Morris (1858)
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