Gender: Female Meaning of Geneva: "juniper tree" Origin of Geneva: Swiss place-name or French

Geneva Origin and Meaning

The name Geneva is a girl's name of French origin meaning "juniper tree".

Unlike its somewhat formal Swiss city namesake, this is a lively and appealing place-name that also has a real history as a female name.

Geneva was a relatively popular American name at one time: it reached as high as Number 107 in 1919, and remained in the Top 200 until 1942. Geneva was the middle name of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, and is the name of a leading character on The Good Wife.

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Geneva's International Variations

Genève (French) Ginevra, Genevra, Genoveffa (Italian)


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


Cute but I prefer Genève.

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


I love this name, and am genuinely considering naming a child this, admittedly because I have a penchant for classics (Frankenstein), and it ticks all my boxes, I love Eva, and Gen honours a family member for me!!!

letmein Says:


Beautiful name! Geneva is by far way better than Genevieve. I find the name Genevieve too long and stuffy in my opinion. Plus, Genevieve has way too many e's.

EvaThyssen Says:


This name is lovely!

scblovesnames Says:


Never considered this, but it would be gorgeous unique middle name.

IsolationHedge Says:


My first thought is the Geneva convention. Not that that's really a problem :)

headintheclouds Says:


Geneva is my favorite place name, which was rather unintentional since I like it for its sound and look (sort of similar to Genevieve and Guinevere, both of which I love). Geneva is lovely, sounds classic and elegant, with plenty of nice nicknames, and it would age well from little girl to grown woman.

Ansonfam4 Says:


I love this name! My third baby is due in a couple weeks and this will be her name. We still aren't sure if we will call her Geneva or a nickname like Neva, Eva, or Evie. I just think it's so beautiful.

Anonymous Says:


We call our Geneva ( age 3) Neva too! We started out calling her Evie for short but her brothers started calling her Neva and it stuck. I think this is a beautiful and unique-but-not-weird name for any girl!

Meghan Cope Says:


My kids have a French-Canadian last name so Geneva was a great choice for our now 13 yr old daughter. She didn't like it at first and it's amazing to me how many people stumble over it (really?? have you never heard of the city, lake, peace accords, etc??). We call her Neva for short.

Ruanne Says:


This name conjures up the cobble stoned plazas of cafés and cathedrals, like any European place-name. It's got the added bonus of being peace and justice-related, via the Geneva Accords. Finally, it's feminine without being overly frilly.

tori101 Says:


A gorgeous place name with the sweet nicknames like Gen, Eva, Evie, Eve etc. It's so sweet.