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Gender: Female Meaning of Jennifer: "white shadow, white wave" Origin of Jennifer: Cornish variation of Welsh Guinevere Jennifer's Popularity in 2017: #310

The name Jennifer is a girl's name of Cornish origin meaning "white shadow, white wave". Jennifer is ranked #310 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

From the experts:

Jennifer was the top name of the 1970s, when there were close to 800,000 Jennifers born: No wonder there are now online support groups for grown-up Jens who have suffered a lack of personal identity. These days Jennifer has fallen out of the Top 100 though it's forever a pretty-sounding name.

Many modern parents opt for Jenna over Jennifer, though Jenna too is losing steam. Jenny and Jennie are forever appealing if not exactly stylish short forms; Jenifer is an alternate spelling.

One name that's taking over where Jennifer left off is Genevieve. Another idea for Jennifer lovers in search of an alternative: the perennially appealing Jane. Or even the original Welsh Guinevere.

Bill and Melinda Gates are the parents of a Jennifer. Wonder how she feels with a sister named Phoebe and a brother called Rory?

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Famous People Named Jennifer

Jennifer Jones (born Phylis Lee Isley), American actress
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, American Actress
Jennifer Maria Capriati, American tennis player
Jennifer Joanna Aniston, American actress
Jennifer Lynn Lopez, American singer/actress
Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress
Jennifer Kate Hudson, American singer/actress
Jennifer J. Arroyo, bassist for Canadian band Kittie
Jennifer Anne Garner, American actress
Jennifer Lynn Connelly, American actress
Jennifer Marie Morrison, American actress
Jennifer Grey, American actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh (born Jennifer Leigh Morrow), American actress
Jennifer-Yvette Holliday, American actress/singer
Jennifer Tilly (born Jennifer Ellen Chan), American actress
Jennifer Lindsay Stone, American actress
Jennifer Paige, American singer-songwriter
Jennifer Beals, American actress
Jennifer Jane Saunders, English actress and comedienne of duo French & Saunders
Jennifer Esposito, American actress
Jennifer Odessa Nettles, lead singer of American country band Sugarland
Jennifer Coolidge, American actress/comedienne
Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
Jennifer Kate Stitt Davidson, American former vice president of The Cartoon Network
Jennifer Lesley Ellison, English actress, model and singer
Jennifer Christina Finnigan, Canadian actress
Jennifer Kathleen Hanson, American country music singer-songwriter
Jennifer Johnston, Irish novelist
Jennifer Michelle Lee, American film director
Jennifer Lynn Knapp, American-Australian folk rock singer
Jennifer J. Lavoie, American model and actress
Jennifer Ann Lien, American actress
Jennifer Chambers Lynch, American film director
Jennifer Leann Carpenter, American actress
Jennifer "Kitty" Dunn, drummer of the American rock band Mindless Self Indulgence
Jennifer Shu, Chinese actress
Jennifer Lee Worth, British midwife and author of "Call the Midwife"
Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde aka Birdy, English singer- songwriter
Jennifer Patricia 'Jen' Beattie, Scottish football player
Jennifer Young (b. 1964), daughter of actor Gig Young
Jennifer Grant (b. 1966), daughter of actor Cary Grant
Jennifer Chambers Lynch (b. 1968), director; daughter of director David Lynch
Jennifer Adamson (b. 1971), daughter of actor Kit Culkin; half-sister of Macaulay Culkin
Jennifer Katharine Gates (b. 1996), daughter of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates
Jennifer Jane Brown (b. 2001), late daughter of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Jennifer Danielle Duggar (b. 2007), 17th child of reality TV's Duggar family

Pop Culture References for the name Jennifer

Jennifer Carson, character on Australian TV series "Carson's Law"
Jennifer "Jen" Lindley, character on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
Jennifer Tallulah Humphrey, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Jennifer Check, main character in 2009 film "Jennifer's Body"
Jennifer Kale, sorceress in Marvel Comics
Jennifer Parker, character in the "Back to the Future" series
Jennifer "J.J" Jareau, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Jennifer "Jenny Matrix" Mattheus, character from YouTube series Video Game High School
Miss Jennifer Honey, nice teacher from book/movie "Matilda"
Jennifer Dugan, character in the movie "Spiderman 3"
Jennifer, Louis Dubedat's beautiful wife in the 1906 play "The Doctor's Dilemma" by G. Bernard Shaw; upon introduction, Dr. Ridgeon remarks, "That's a strange name." Jennifer answers, "Not in Cornwall."
Jennifer Adams Townsend, character from Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood
Jennifer "Jen" Scotts, Pink Power Ranger on TV's Power Rangers Time Force
Jennifer McMinamin, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
"Jennifer," 1953 film
"Jennifer Juniper," 1968 song by Donovan that sent this name to the top of the charts
"Jennifer Ever," song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Jennifer Adams, main character in 'The Gray Wolves' series by Quinn Loftis
Jennifer Pierce, younger daughter of Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightening

Jennifer's International Variations

Genoveva (Spanish) Ginevra, Genoveffa (Italian) Genowefa (Polish)