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Quick Facts on Genevieve

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 219
JEN-uh-veev or JHON-vee-ev
Simple meaning:
Woman of the people, Noble wife

Characteristics of Genevieve

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Genevieve

Geneviѐve is a French name with either Germanic or Celtic roots. An earlier version of the name, Genovefa, is said to come from the Germanic elements “keno” meaning ‘kin’ and “wefa” meaning ‘wife’. Alternatively, Geneviѐve is probably a heavily mutated word from the Gaulish (early variety of Celtic) language elements meaning ‘people, tribe’ and ‘woman’. Her name has been time-honored in France thanks to St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, whose story begins in the 5th century. Geneviѐve was born into a Gallo-Roman family of means in a town (Nanterre) about eight miles west of Paris. In her early youth she dedicated herself to Christianity, became a nun and moved to Paris. She did much to protect the well-being of the Parisian people. During the occupation by the Franks under King Childeric (a pagan), Geneviѐve was instrumental in persuading the king to grant clemency to prisoners and provide provisions to her people. When it was learned that Attila the Hun and his army were marching toward Paris, the city prepared for evacuation. Geneviѐve convinced the Parisians to stay through her pious example of fasting and prayer, assuring the people of God’s protection and deliverance. Apparently it worked because the Huns abruptly changed their course and headed instead for Orléans. Geneviѐve is therefore credited with saving Paris. The English did not pick up the name until the 19th century and today it’s ranked higher in the United States than it is France.

Popularity of the Name Genevieve

The exotically beautiful Genevieve has enjoyed a position on the U.S. popularity charts for well over 100 years. The height of the name’s popularity was unquestionably experienced around the turn of the 20th century. Between the early 1900s and 1920s, Genevieve was a Top 100 favorite among American parents of little girls. The low-point of the name’s usage came in the 1960s. However, in the past several years it seems clear that Genevieve is enjoying a comeback. Now on an upwards trajectory on the charts, Genevieve is strongly coming back into favor. Are we surprised? Definitely not. This is a beautiful name that any Francophile would appreciate. And depending on your allegiance, you can either pronounce the name JEN-uh-veev (like the English) or JHON-vee-ev (like the French). If you prefer the French pronunciation, don’t forget the accent mark over the third “e”! This elegant name begs to be sounded out fully, but pet forms could include Gen, Genna, Genny, Genevie or Vivi. Furthermore, the name’s possible meanings conjure up the story of St. Geneviѐve who was certainly a ‘woman of her people’. She was also a ‘noble wife’ (nuns consider themselves to be the wife of Jesus Christ).
Popularity of the Girl Name Genevieve
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Genevieve

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Genevieve

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Genevieve

    Genevieve We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Genevieve.

  • Popular Songs on Genevieve

    Popular Songs on Genevieve

    Genevieve - a song by Aaron Sprinkle

    Genevieve - a song by Girlyman

    Genevieve - a song by Grand Funk Railroad

    Genevieve - a song by Perry Blake

    Lady Genevieve - a song by The Mamas & The Papas

    Sweet Lady Genevieve - a song by The Kinks

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Genevieve

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Genevieve

    Madeline's Rescue (Ludwig Bemelmans) - One day on a walk through Paris, Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, "But for a dog / That kept its head," saving her from a "watery grave." What choice do Madeline and the girls have but to take the heroic pooch home, feed her biscuits, milk, and beef, and name her Genevieve? Sadly, when Lord Cucuface gets wind of the new dog, he decrees that no dogs will be allowed in the "old house in Paris that was covered with vines," and kicks Genevieve out on the street. Madeline vows vengeance and the girls scour Paris looking for the pup: "They went looking high / and low / And every place a dog might go. / In every place they called her name / But no one answered to the same." Young readers will be tickled by this heartwarming, quirky dog story with a surprise finale. Winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Genevieve

    Famous People Named Genevieve

    Famous People Named Genevieve - St. Geneviève (Catholic saint); Geneviève Bujold (actress); Genevieve Gorder (interior designer/TV host); Genevieve Hafner (photographer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Genevieve

    Children of Famous People Named Genevieve

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Genevieve - Jackie Gleason (comic/actor); Jimmie Johnson (racecar driver)

  • Historic Figures

    Genevieve - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Genevieve - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Genevieve.

Personality of the Girl Name Genevieve

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Genevieve

  • No Variations Found.
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