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Quick Facts on Ginger

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Root (horn body)

Characteristics of Ginger

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ginger

 Ginger root is a pungent, aromatic spice, medicinal use of which pre-dates written history. One of the first original spices to arrive in Europe, the ginger root was obtained by the Ancient Greeks and Romans via Arab traders. The Greeks called it “zingiberis” while in Latin it was called “zingiberi.” The Olde English word for the spice was “gingifer” (attested to in the early 11th century).  Ultimately the word comes from the Sanskrit śrngaveram, from the elements “srngam” meaning “horn” and “vera” meaning “body” (in reference to the ginger root shape). Although this is largely considered folk etymology. The true origin is likely Dravidian (from ancient people of Southern India), from “inchi-ver” with “inchi” meaning simply “root.”  Ginger spice has a long history of medicinal use, most notably in the cure of ailments like heartburn and nausea.  Ginger is also a word with figurative meaning – synonymous with “spunk” and “spirit” – from mid-19th century America slang.  The most famous name bearer was Ginger Rogers – Ginger being short for her birth name Virginia. 

Popularity of the Name Ginger

The name Ginger suddenly appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 1933. No coincidence, this is exactly the same year that actress Ginger Rogers began her long and prosperous dancing partnership with Fred Astaire starting with Flying Down to Rio (1933).  One of the most influential actresses to emerge from the mid-century Hollywood scene, it’s no wonder Ginger Rogers single-handedly impacted the usage of her name across America.  And it stuck around for a pretty good run, more than 50 consecutive years on America’s Top 1000 list (1933-1989).  The apex of Ginger’s usage as a baby girl’s name came in 1971 when it was ranked #187 in the country. The name’s later success was likely influenced by the fictional character Ginger Grant from Gilligan's Island (1964-1967), a popular sitcom still in syndication. Today, however, Ginger has fallen from style (less than 100 baby girls born each year are given this moniker). There’s something sort of sweet and spunky about spice names (Sage, Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger) – just be forewarned – they are also often given to pets.  Ginger is an especially popular name for cats as evidenced by the children’s books we list below.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ginger
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ginger

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ginger

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ginger

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ginger

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ginger

    Ginger (Ant Parker) - Ginger the cat's playful walk around the yard brings her more excitement than she expected. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Ginger (Charlotte Voake) - A perfect tale for cat lovers—and for younger siblings. Ginger the cat lives a comfortable, well-tended life. But when a pesky kitten moves in, Ginger's days of ease are over. Now it seems he must share his bed and his meals with the intruder forever! What is a pampered cat to do? The award-winning Charlotte Voake knows all about cats and their peculiar ways, as every reader of this dear and funny tale will soon find out. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Ginger and Petunia (Patricia Polacco) - Virginia Vincent Folsum, better known as Ginger, is a very elegant lady. An accomplished pianist, socially active—and what style! “You are what you wear” is her motto. But Ginger’s greatest passion is her pet pig, Petunia, whom she pampers endlessly. When Ginger is called out of town for a performance, Petunia is left on her own. Donning Ginger’s stunning gowns, Petunia poses as Ginger and conducts business as usual, with no one the wiser. Hilarity ensues as Petunia becomes the toast of the town, proving Ginger’s motto that you really are what you wear. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ginger and the Mystery Visitor (Charlotte Voake) - Ginger and the resident kitten are annoyed by a pushy feline who sneaks in and eats their food. Can the girl find a way to solve the mystery? It’s a wonderful arrangement: Ginger, the kitten, and the girl who looks after them. Until a spy appears at the window, and even shows up one day in the kitchen licking their bowls! The girl is curious as to where the large and seemingly hungry feline comes from. But when she ties a note to his collar asking, "Do I belong to anyone?" she gets a surprising response that will tickle anyone who knows cats. With spare, expressive illustrations capturing the animals’ body language to a T, here is a charming read-aloud treat for animal lovers and children who like a gentle taste of intrigue. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Ginger Pye (Eleanor Estes) - Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Ginger the Happy Cat (Mary Brigid Salzman) - Living here isnt the same as Ginger remembers. While the shelter is nice, Ginger wants a real family and a real home. This is the only way for her to become Ginger the Happy Cat. This book is an eLIVE book, meaning each book contains a code to redeem a free audio book download from the Tate Publishing website! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (Beatrix Potter) - The Tale of Ginger and Pickles is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1909. The book tells of two shopkeepers who extend unlimited credit to their customers and, as a result, are forced to go out of business. It was originally published in a large format which permitted Potter the opportunity to lavish great detail on the illustrations and also allowed her to include black-and-white vignettes. Potter filled the tale with characters from her previous books. The book was eventually republished in the standard small format of the Peter Rabbit series and was adapted to drama in 1931. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ginger

    Famous People Named Ginger

    Famous People Named Ginger - Ginger Rogers (actress/dancer); Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (English drummer); Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen (tennis player); Ginger Alden (former girlfriend of Elvis Presley)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ginger

    Children of Famous People Named Ginger

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Ginger - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ginger.

  • Historic Figures

    Ginger - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ginger Rogers (16 Jul 1911 – 25 Apr 1995) - Ginger Rogers was a highly popular 20th century actress, singer and dancer who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1940 for “Kitty Foyle”, but who is best remembered as Fred Astaire’s dancing partner. Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri, Ginger was an only child of divorce, who took her stepfather’s name, Rogers. She entered show business via her mother’s work as a Hollywood script writer, and became a star at 19 when she appeared in the Gershwin Broadway show, “Girl Crazy”. Much of her successful film career was carried out at RKO, including the famous Astaire collaboration, although she acted as an independent agent in later years. Ginger Rogers was very close to her mother, both professionally and personally, and embraced both her mother’s religion, Christian Science, and her conservative political views. Married five times, she had no children. In addition to her legacy on screen, stage, radio and television, Ginger Rogers also inspired the feminist-adopted slogan that declared “she did everything Astaire did, but also while dancing backwards and in high heels”.

Personality of the Girl Name Ginger

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ginger

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