Gender: Female Meaning of Guinevere: "white shadow, white wave" Origin of Guinevere: Welsh

Guinevere Origin and Meaning

The name Guinevere is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white shadow, white wave".

Guinevere was the name of the beautiful but ill-fated queen of Camelot, for so many years eclipsed by its modern Cornish form Jennifer. Today, Guinevere could be a cool possibility for adventurous parents intrigued by this richly evocative and romantic choice.

Guinevere shares the attractive short form Gwyn with Gwyneth. Other cousin ideas: Gwendolen, Genevieve, Jenna, or Gwen.

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Guinevere's International Variations

Gaenor, Guenevere, Gaynor (Welsh) Gweniver (Cornish)


fearlessfirefly Says:


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Guinevere Mairead

Annabvella Says:


I had a friend who had this name about 3 years ago and I thought it was pronounced like "Jennifer" until about a month ago when I watched "You".

josephinedagnall Says:


This would make a brilliant replacement for the beautiful yet out-dated Jennifer. Gwen, Vere, and Neve are beautiful nickname options that make the full name seem more down-to-earth and less shrouded in myth. It is a beautiful name, and I can really see this one ranking in the US in a few years!

beachbear Says:


Guinevere is to Jennifer as Jane Austen's "Emma" is to "Clueless".

astine21 Says:


Middle name suggestions??

flamingo Says:


I love this name. Gwen and Vera would be my go-to nicknames.

aleerakate Says:


This makes me think of medieval-ness and fairies while still being usable in the modern world. I am very hopeful that my future niece will be Guinevere and I love the simpleness of Gwen as a nickname.

Netta5187 Says:


Lovely name indeed!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Stunning, in love with this name and the meaning and mythology. Various nickname options, but Gwen is my favourite.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Guinevere, and it's original (I believe?) version, Gwenhwyfar, remind me of the Irish word "grianmhar", meaning sunny.

horsegal Says:


Absolutely love this name with the nickname of Ginny. I love using a nickname that works with this name but isn't the one that is most widely used like Gwen. This is one of my top choices for a little girl one name because of how gorgeous the name is and a cool way of honoring my mother Jennifer,



O chosen Undead.

I am Gwynevere.

Daughter of Lord Gwyn; and Queen of Sunlight.

Since the day Father his form did obscureth, I have await'd thee.

I bequeath the Lordvessel to thee.

And beseech thee. Succeed Lord Gwyn, and inheriteth the Fire of our world.

Thou shall endeth this eternal twilight, and avert further Undead sacrifices.

EW314 Says:


This is a lovely guilty pleasure of mine which is slowly creeping its way onto my list of real-life potentials. Love it, plus the nickname options are gorgeous. I'd probably use Guin, Gwen or Vero, but Neve, Eve, Evy and Vivi could work too.

Azurith deTwilight Says:


My oldest daughter's name is "Gweniviere" kind of mashed it all together, usually just call her Gwen

JazzieJonez Says:


This is the name that got me into names. I remember being so in love with this name, and I still kinda am. Though now I gravitate toward Gwendolen instead.

headintheclouds Says:


Guinevere is one of the loveliest and princess-like, also elegant and refined names out there, and I love that it doesn't have the typical feminine sounds (ends in -a, etc.) to be lush and girly. I like Guinevere, though I actually prefer the similar-sounding Gwen- names like Gwendolyn more. Guin, Neve, Vere, or Win, Vera, Neva, etc. can work as nicknames for Guinevere; it's one of those names where you can come up with many plausible less obvious nicknames for the full name.

lesliemarion Says:


Guinevere does not seem bold or unusual to me, more of a gorgeous classic. And Vera is a lovely nickname.

JoJobear Says:


One of my all time favorite names! I love the literary connection and how elegant and strong it sounds, but also can be made girly with the nicknames Guin or Ever

jordalini Says:


I think this name is beautiful, but I think it is a little long for the front spot, the kids will forever spell the name wrong.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I LOVE this name, but I know a girl who has this name and is a bit aloof. Her nickname is groovy Guin.

Alicia1 Says:


Old beautiful name!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I have suddenly found myself in love with this name. I just don't like the nickname Gwyn or the connection to Jennifer. I'm probably not having kids, but if I ever have a girl, I think Holly Guinevere would be gorgeous.

MaryKathryn Says:


I adore this name, but I don't think I have enough courage to put it in the front spot, thus a middle name it shall be.

rainierloner Says:


Lovely name, with plenty of nicknames. My personal favorite is Vera or Gwen.

Livi Says:


This is one of my all time favorite names. I have an affinity for Celtic names, and names with history and literary ties.