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Gender: Female Origin of Ginger: English diminutive

The name Ginger is a girl's name of English origin. Ginger and is often added to lists like Color Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Originally a unisex nickname for a redhead -- red hair is called "ginger" in Britain -- or for the name Virginia, Ginger perennially wears pink gingham and spike heels.

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Famous People Named Ginger

Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath), American actress and dancer
Ginger Spice, nickname of English singer Geri Halliwell of The Spice Girls
Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen, American tennis player
Ginger Lynn (Allen), American adult film actress
Ginger A. Pooley aka Ginger Sling, bassist of American band The Smashing Pumpkins
Ginger Zee (born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest), American TV meteorologist
Ginger Alden, American one-time fiancee of Elvis Presley
Ginger Fish, stage name of Kenneth Robert Wilson, American male drummer for Marilyn Manson
Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker, English male drummer of band Cream
Ginger Minj, stage name of American drag queen Joshua Eads-Brown

Pop Culture References for the name Ginger

Ginger Grant, main character on TV's "Gilligan's Island"
Ginger Falcone, main character on TV's "Zeke and Luther"
Ginger Fox, character on TV's "iCarly"
Ginger Brown, character in "Ginger Snaps" by Cathy Cassidy
Ginger Foutley, main character in animated series "As Told by Ginger"
Ginger, character on TV's "True Blood"
Ginger, sorrel mare in Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty"
Ginger, character on TV's "The West Wing"
Ginger, character in the Disney Fairies books
Ginger, main character in the animated film Chicken Run
Ginger, a character on animated series Phineas and Ferb
Ginger, Ned Flanders' "Vegas wife" on TV's The Simpsons
"Ginger," picture book by Charlotte Voake about a ginger cat
Ginger Hebblethwaite, male character in the Biggles series by W. E. Johns
"Ginger Meggs," Australian comics series
Ginger, boy in the British children's comic The Beezer
Ginger, male character in Richmal Crompton's 'William' series of books, member of William's gang The Outlaws

Gingie, Ginjer, Jinger, Ginny, Gin, Ginja, Gingee


LeilaniEloise Says:


Ginger is a cute and spunky nickname, I imagine a blonde or light brown haired girl instead of red haired because ginger is light yellow.

bordercollie Says:


I know two Gingers, a blonde and a brunette, never met a redhead with this name XD

PaigeAlyssa_ Says:


LOVE this name. Although I would only use it if my child didn't have red hair. Although I have red hair, so my child may not be lucky enough to have this name...

ashbee Says:


Retro and sweet!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I kind of like the name Ginger. Strangely enough, somebody with brown hair comes to mind when I think of Ginger, not a redhead.

ThistleThorn Says:


Would totally use this if I weren't a redhead and my kids wouldn't have a large likelihood of actually being ginger.

Guest Says:


I think Ginny or Pepper (like Pepper Potts from Iron Man) is a better nickname for Virginia than Ginger. Ginger makes me think of ginger ale or something. But Ginger also makes me think of lovely red hair! :P

niteowl13 Says:


Ginger is a food name. Retro names are in. Ginger is great! It's sassy!

Alicia1 Says:


Its a nice name with a negative image. I did have a very cute dog named this back in the 90's.

ldougie Says:


This would be nice for a cat or dog.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


When I brought this name up on another website, everyone said "Ginger? Really? ". I have no idea why. It's a fairly decent name.

CocoWhite Says:


Ginny would make an adorable nickname.