Girl Baby Name

Jennifer

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Quick Facts on Jennifer

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 191
Pronunciation:
JEH-na-fer
Simple meaning:
The fair one

Characteristics of Jennifer

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jennifer

Jennifer comes to the English-speaking world by way of the name Guinevere from the Arthurian legend. Guinevere in turn is the Old French form of the Gaelic name “Gwenhwyfar” which translates to gwen (fair) + hwyfar (smooth), or, quite simply: the fair one. Guinevere is best known as the heroine of Celtic legend. The most beautiful woman on earth, Guinevere was the unfaithful wife of King Arthur, having fallen in love with Sir Lancelot, and thus destroyed the peace of Camelot. Like many women of Celtic legend, she exerted her own personal happiness despite the consequences.

Popularity of the Name Jennifer

Jennifer enters the United States popularity charts for the first time in 1938 and by the mid-1950’s, the name becomes a Top 100 choice for girls. The peak of Jennifer’s popularity comes in the 1970’s. The name held the #1 spot for 15 consecutive years (from 1970 to 1984). It’s not until very recently that Jennifer appears to be fading from the top of the charts slowly but surely. Still, the name provides much elasticity and can go from the lovely three-syllable “Jennifer” down to two syllables (Jenny) or one (Jen).
Popularity of the Girl Name Jennifer
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jennifer

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jennifer

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jennifer

    Jennifer Dubedat (The Doctor’s Dilemma) Jennifer Dubedat is the beautiful character who provokes the title problem for Sir Colenso Ridgeon, in George Bernard Shaw’s 1906 play, The Doctor’s Dilemma, when she implores him to help her tuberculosis-stricken artist husband. The dilemma is that Sir Ridgeon, who has lately been knighted for his cure for this selfsame illness, must decide who is eligible to enter his very limited clinic for treatment. The rich or the needy? The most likely to thrive or the hopeless case? Friend or foe? Or – perhaps – the husband of a lovely young woman with whom the doctor is falling in love- or perhaps not? Jennifer is in love with her husband (who is hardly worthy of such devotion, sick or not – he is an amoral, self-centered adulterer); she is an entirely sympathetic creature. Who can blame the good doctor? Well, Shaw can, and so can we. In his satirical treatment of the omniscience and pomposity of the medical profession, Shaw takes no prisoners. At day’s end, we are on Jennifer’s side, and we wish for her a man who will be worthy of her considerable charms. Certainly no man in this play is.

  • Popular Songs on Jennifer

    Popular Songs on Jennifer

    27 Jennifers - a song by Mike Doughty

    867-5309 / Jenny - a song by Tommy Tutone

    Jennifer - a song by Bobby Sherman

    Jennifer - a song by The Eurythmics

    Jennifer - a song by Styx

    Jennifer Eccles - a song by The Hollies

    Jennifer Ever - a song by The Smashing Pumpkins

    Jennifer Juniper - a song by Donovan

    Jennifer's Body - a song by Hole

    Zachary and Jennifer - a song by John Denver

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jennifer

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jennifer

    A String on the Harp (Nancy Bond) - Meet the Morgan family, a native Massachusetts family who has left their home to spend a year in Wales, and their 15 year old daughter Jen who expects to be bored to tears in a sleepy coastal town. But when her brother Peter discovers a mysterious harp key, the past and present becomes the same thing and sixth century Welsh legends come to life. The Morgan's life quickly becomes anything but boring. Recommended for ages 9-15.

    Dandelion (Don Freeman) - Dandelion has been invited to a party at Jennifer Giraffe's house. He decides to dress himself up stylishly, get a new haircut, and makes other changes in his appearance so much so that when he arrives, Jennifer no longer recognizes him and shuts the door in his face. A wonderful story about the importance of being yourself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dinosaur Pizza (Lee Wardlaw) - After her best friend moves away, Jen joins the Lunch Bunch gang at school and experiences a new culinary adventure every day. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Four Months at the Bottom of the World (Jennifer Dewey) - Jennifer Owings Dewey spent four months at an Antarctic research station. She drew penguins, photographed whales, hiked on glaciers, and recorded everything in journal entries, letters home, sketches, and photographs. In the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, this uniquely designed book recounts one person's intimate experience of the natural world. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Jennifer and Josephine (Bill Peet) - A rickety old car and a scrawny stray cat teach a lesson in the meaning of friendship. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (E.L. Konigsburg) - Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She's also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is...well, different. She's read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says "please" or "thank you." And she says she is a witch. It's not always easy being friends with a witch, but it's never boring. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Jennifer

    Famous People Named Jennifer

    Famous People Named Jennifer - Jennifer Aniston (actress); Jennifer Garner (actress); Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress); Jennifer Lopez (actress); Jennifer Capriati (tennis player); Jennifer Connelly (actress); Jennifer Esposito (actress); Jennifer Grey (actress); Jennifer Hudson (actress); Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress); Jennifer Tilly (actress); Jennifer Beals (actress); Jennifer Carpenter (actress); Jennifer Jones (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jennifer

    Children of Famous People Named Jennifer

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Jennifer - Bill Gates (tycoon); Billy Crystal (actor/comic); Blake Edwards (director); David Lynch (director); Debbi Fields (businesswoman); Dustin Hoffman (actor); Eliott Gould (actor); George Straight (musician); Jack Nicholson (actor); Joel Grey (actor); John Candy (actor); Michael Landon (actor); Regis Philbin (TV personality); Roseanne (actress/comic); Tom Brokaw (news anchor)

  • Historic Figures

    Jennifer - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Jennifer

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jennifer

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