zhahn-vee-EV or GEN-uh-veev
English from French
"tribe woman"

Genevieve Origin and Meaning

The name Genevieve is a girl's name of French origin meaning "tribe woman".

Genevieve is derived from the Germanic medieval name Genovefa, or Kenowefa, which consists of the elements kuni, meaning "kin", and wefa, meaning "woman." The medieval saint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, defended the city against Attila the Hun through her rational thinking, courage and prayer.

Genevieve is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to retain the gen sound but is tired of all the overused Jen names. It is both dainty and substantial and can be pronounced either GEN-uh-veev or the French zhahn-vee-EV.

Genevieve is undergoing a real revival—it's currently enjoying its highest popularity ranking since the 1930s.

# 166 in the US

Genevieve Rank in US Top 1000

# 28 on Nameberry

Genevieve Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Genevieve Popularity

Famous People Named Genevieve

  • Saint Genevievepatron saint of Paris, France
  • Genevieve or Genoveva of BrabantFrench legendary chaste wife falsely accused and repudiated
  • Geneviève BujoldFrench,Canadian actress
  • Genevieve NnajiNigerian actress, model and businesswoman
  • Geneviève Marie Thérèse SoryaFrench actress
  • Genevieve Nicole PadaleckiAmerican actress
  • Genevieve GorderAmerican interior designer and TV host
  • Genevieve Knight "G" HanneliusAmerican actress
  • Genevieve TobinAmerican actress
  • Généviève MariePrincess of Orléans, Marchioness of Chaponay,Morance; daughter of Prince Emmanuel of Orléans and Princess Henriette of Belgium
  • Genevieve TaggardAmerican poet
  • Genevieve Rose AngelsonAmerican actress
  • Genevieve (born Ginette Marguerite Auger)French,American actress and comedienne
  • Geneviève BrouilletteFrench,Canadian actress
  • Genevieve Sterling BuechnerAmerican actress
  • Genevieve MortonSouth African model
  • Geneviève PageFrench actress
  • Genevieve LaCazeAustralian runner
  • Genevieve SchatzAmerican singer of group Company of Thieves
  • Genevieve Wilhemina Gaunt (b. 1991)English actress; daughter of actors Frederik de Groot and Fiona Gaunt
  • Genevieve Marie Johnson (b. 2010)daughter of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson
  • Genevieve Spillane (b. 2012)daughter of skier Johnny Spillane
  • Genevieve Upton 'Vivi' Verlander (b. 2018)daughter of American model and actress Kate Upton & American professional baseball pitcher Justin Verlander

Genevieve in Pop Culture

  • Genevieve (also Genoveva or Genovefa) of Brabanta heroine of medieval legend
  • Genevieve Atkinsoncharacter on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Genevieve HeartQueen in the Looking Glass Wars
  • Genevieve Snowcharacter in the Elemental Assasin series by Jennifer Estep
  • Genevievedog who saved Madeline in the Madeline series
  • Genevievecharacter on TV's "The Originals"
  • Genevievethe main princess in the movie 'Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses'
  • Genevieve Delatoura TV character on "Devious Maids"
  • Genevieve Duchannesa character in the "Beautiful Creatures" series
  • Genevieve MirrenCarter, Charles Boyle's love interest on TV's "Brooklyn Nine,Nine"
  • Genevieve ScherbatskyRobin Scherbatsky's mother on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
  • Genevievea main character in the movie "Rush Hour 3"
  • Genevievedaughter of Karl Morris and Nadine Bevan on British TV series "Stella"
  • Genevievea character in “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

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