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Quick Facts on Jenny

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 804
Simple meaning:
Little fair one

Characteristics of Jenny

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jenny

Jenny is a short form of Jennifer. Jennifer is the Cornish form of the Welsh Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere) which is ultimately derived from the elements “gwen” meaning “fair” and “hwyfar” meaning “smooth”. Ultimately the names Guinevere and Jennifer are said to mean “the fair one”. As a diminutive form then Jenny would come to mean “little 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. Jennifer is the version of Guinevere used in Cornwall – the Cornish people, like the Welsh, are a branch of Celtic people, but different from the Gaelic language of Ireland and Scotland. The English eventually discovered Jenifer in the 20th century and it quickly spread in popularity among all English speaking nations. Jen and Jenny are considered short forms of Jennifer but Jenny has been used as an independently given name in its own right. Jenny is most popular in Norway today where the name is ranked in the Top 25.

Popularity of the Name Jenny

Jenny actually predates Jennifer on the American female naming charts. There’s actually an explanation for this. Jenny really started as a medieval diminutive of Jane or Joanna, but today we now think of Jenny as short for Jennifer. Evidence of this fact is that Jenny showed most of her growth on the charts when Jennifer was at her peak popularity (1970s and 80s). Jenny almost, but not quite, landed a position on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names during this period. However, what goes up usually comes down, and Jenny is no exception. Her heyday has come and gone and as we entered this new century, the name’s drops on the charts became more pronounced. Only about 350 baby girls are called Jenny on their birth certificate annually these days. Jennifer and Jenna are still the preferred forms of Jenny, but Jenny is a sweet, youthful option as a stand-alone name. According to Forrest Gump, Jenny is "the most beautiful name in the world."
Popularity of the Girl Name Jenny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jenny

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jenny

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jenny

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

  • Popular Songs on Jenny

    Popular Songs on Jenny

    867-5309 / Jenny - a song by Tommy Tutone

    Cotton Jenny - a song by Gordon Lightfoot

    Jenny - a song by Chicago

    Jenny - a song by Clifford T. Ward

    Jenny - a song by Cross Canadian Ragweed

    Jenny - a song by Harry Chapin

    Jenny Come Back - a song by Restless Heart

    Jenny Don't Be Hasty - a song by Paolo Nutini

    Jenny Don't Mind - a song by The Foghat

    Jenny Dreamed of Trains - a song by John Denver

    Jenny Dreamed of Trains - a song by Vince Gill

    Jenny from the Block - a song by Jennifer Lopez

    Jenny Jenny - a song by Little Richard

    Jenny Lynn - a song by the Stanley Brothers

    Jenny Rebecca - a song by Barbra Streisand

    Jenny Rebecca - a song by Olivia Newton-John

    Jenny Says - a song by Cowboy Mouth

    Jenny Take a Ride - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

    Jenny Was a Friend of Mine - a song by The Killers

    Jenny Wren - a song by Paul McCartney

    Oh Jenny - a song by Bob Welch

    Oh Jenny - a song by Rick Treviño

    Photo Jenny - a song by Belle & Sebastian

    Pirate Jenny - a song by Nina Simone

    Poor Jenny - a song by The Everly Brothers

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jenny

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jenny

    A Job for Jenny Archer (Ellen Conford) - Convinced that her family is poor because her parents refuse to get her a horse or a swimming pool, nine-year-old Jenny Archer follows her own path to making money, and plunges her house into the real estate market. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jenny (Beth P. Wilson) - In a series of brief monologues, Jenny shares her delight in the things that fill her world, from family and school to bubble baths, a wedding, chocolate cookies, and the memory of Martin Luther King. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky (Esther Averill) - In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic Monthly called Jenny "a personality ranking not far below such giants as Peter Rabbit." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny Archer, Author (Ellen Conford) - This book is about Jenny Archer and her struggle to write her autobiography. Fortunately, her imagination comes to the rescue, helping her to invent a fascinating family history. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jenny Found a Penny (Trudy Harris) - Jenny Found a Penny takes the idea of teaching economics to children head on with its lessons about money and saving woven into an interesting story to which many children can relate. Not only does Jenny find a penny in the back seat of the car, but she uses that opportunity to start saving for a special item at the dollar store. A hard worker, Jenny finds chores around the house that help her to earn a regular stream of coins for her savings jar. Readers can use the realistic illustrations of the coins in the sidebars to add up the money that Jenny accumulates. Children may also relate to Jenny's misfortune at the cashier's desk when she encounters the dreaded sales tax. This book will appeal to parents and teachers who are seeking an eye-catching book that encourages children to think about money and do the math in a creative way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny Goes to Sea (Esther Averill) - In Jenny Goes to Sea, our heroine makes her passage on the good ship Sea Queen with her master, Captain Tinker, and her adopted brothers, tiger cat Edward, and black-and-white cat Checkers. Once on board, they meet the adventurous ship's cat, Jack Tar. Leaving New York's harbor, the friends travel to Africa and Asia, and return through the Panama Canal. At each port they meet a colorful local cat who shows them around. Jenny and her pals have their fortunes told by an Abyssinian cat in Zanzibar; dance the sailor's hornpipe with Bobo the Burmese, another ship's cat who was left behind, in Singapore; and float with Siamese cat Dara in a sampan boat on a Bangkok river—a truly exotic adventure. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny Is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World (Carol Shuman) - A comforting, coping story for children who are aware of the threats of violence and terrorism in the world. A range of fears, feelings and questions are explored. The child reader is encouraged to talk to parents, friends and other caregivers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny Jellyfish: A Tale of Wiggly Jellies (Suzanne Tate) - Amazing facts about moon jellies, animals with no heart, bones or brain. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Jenny Maybelle and the Cocker Spaniel Who Needed a Perm (Gloria Williams Lupo) - In the little town of Bustlebout in 1954, strange events start bugging Jenny Maybelle Gillory. She wants to be an ordinary, normal fifth grader with the best dog ever, the most beautiful hair ever, and tons of friends. She plans to buy a puppy and train him to take first place in the Bustlebout May Day Festival Dog Show. That should win her loads of friends, and she won’t have to hang around by herself just looking weird anymore. But she collides with a string of odd calamities which she fears has something to do with a spooky old woman and her weird broom. Hard times come, and Jenny Maybelle has to spend her time working to help her family instead of hanging out with her friends. Things get embarrassing and downright whacky. Although the story is based on many of the author's experiences as a child in the 1950's, Jenny Maybelle faces many of the same problems that children face today. Recommended for ages 9-11.

    Jenny's Birthday Book (Esther Averill) - It's a big day for Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat of Greenwich Village, when her brothers, Checkers and Edward, take her out for her birthday. They pick up her notorious friends along the way, including the twins Romulus and Remus, who have brought a special present, and Pickles, the Fire Cat, who gathers everyone into his red fire truck to take them to the park. There they will invite friends and strangers to share a picnic supper and dance the night away. Join Jenny and her friends in their romp around town in this beautiful birthday story! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenny's Moonlight Adventure (Esther Averill) - At nine o'clock The Cat Club will convene to celebrate this wondrous Halloween night in Jenny's Moonlight Adventure. All the cats, from twins Romulus and Remus through to the wise Solomon, have been looking forward to this evening. The high point of the party is to be the nose flute performance by the Persian cat Madame Butterfly, but she has hurt herself, cannot leave her house, and has lost her instrument. The flute is found in a pile of autumn leaves but there's still the problem of how to return the flute to its beautiful Persian owner. Jenny comes up with a very adventurous plan. After all, Halloween is "her" night. But will she pull it off? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jumping Jenny (Ellen Bari) - Jenny loves to jump. She is constantly jumping over cracks in the sidewalk and over fences with and without her pogo stick. Her jumping gets her in trouble in school where she knocks over a box of caterpillars in the science room and bumps into the hot lunch cart in the cafeteria, splattering mashed potatoes in every direction. Her jumping annoys her friends who make fun of her, her teachers who ask her to stop and her mother who does not allow her to jump in the house. Jenny becomes a hero when her teacher suggests a mitzvah project to help children in Uganda. Jenny decides she will jump 1.000 times without stopping and collects $1 a jump from her friends and family. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Jenny

    Famous People Named Jenny

    Famous People Named Jenny - Jennifer "Jenny" McCarthy (model, actress, author, autism activist); Johanna Maria "Jenny" Lind (opera singer); Jennifer "Jenny" Thompson (Olympic swimmer); Jennifer “Jenny” Lewis (musician); Jennifer Ann "Jenny" Agutter (English actress); Jenny Byrne (Australian tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jenny

    Children of Famous People Named Jenny

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Jenny - Tony Orlando (entertainer); Charles Shaughnessy (British actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Jenny - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Jenny

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Jenny

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