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Gender: Female Origin of Jenny: Diminutive of Janet, Jane, Jean, and Jennifer Meaning of Jean: English and Scottish, from French variation of Johanna, "God is gracious" Jenny's Popularity in 2017: #996

The name Jenny is a girl's name . Jenny is ranked #996 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Girl Names Ending in Y and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

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At the height of the Jennifer craze, many parents were cutting straight to the nickname and putting Jenny on the birth certificate. But now that Jennifer is the mom rather than the daughter, Jenny, which has been somewhat replaced by Jenna, has faded as well.

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Famous People Named Jenny

Johanna Maria "Jenny" Lind, Swedish opera singer
Genevieve "Jenny" Craig, American weight-loss entrepreneur
Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy, American model, actress and author
Jennifer Mary "Jenny" Shipley, 36th prime minister of New Zealand
Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Lewis, American singer-songwriter of band Rilo Kiley
Jenny Byrne, Australian tennis player
Jennifer Beth "Jenny" Thompson, American Olympic swimmer
Jennifer Jo "Jenny" Kemp, American Olympic swimmer
Jennifer Ann "Jenny" Agutter, English actress
Jenny Nimmo, English children's novelist
Jenny Sarah Slate, American actress and comedian
Jenny Holzer, American conceptual artist
Jenny Q. Chai, American-Chinese pianist
Jenny Wolf, German Olympic speed skater
Jenny Eliscu, American magazine editor and critic
Jenny Robertson, American actress
Jean "Jenny" Thompson, Canadian Olympic athlete
Jennifer Sheila "Jenny" Uglow, English biographer
Jenny Offill, American novelist
Jenny Owen Youngs, American singer-songwriter
Patricia Joanne "Jenny" O'Hara, American actress
Jenny Saville, English artist
Jenny Lynn Shimizu, American model
Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress
Helen Mary "Jenny" Boyd, English model; sister of model Pattie Boyd
Jenny Boylan, transgender American author, activist, and professor

Pop Culture References for the name Jenny

Jenny Curran Gump, character in movie "Forrest Gump"
Jenny Humphrey, character on TV's 'Gossip Girl'
Jenny Wakeman aka XJ-9, main character in animated series "My Life As A Teenage Robot"
Jenny Greenley, main character in "Teen Idol" by Meg Cabot
Jenny Calendar, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Jenny Lee, character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
Jenny, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Jenny Matrix, character in movie "Commando"
Jenny Smith, character on "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends: Johnny Appleseed"
Jenny Foxworth, character in Disney's "Oliver & Company"
Jenny, little black cat in Esther Averill's Cat Club series
Jenny Quantum, character in DC Comics
Jenny Pizza, character on the TV show "Steven Universe"
Jenny Taylor, character in movie "Love Wrecked"
Jenny "Fortune Cookie" Chey, character in TV series "GLOW"
Jenny Robson, character in G. A. Henty's, With the Allies to Pekin
Jenny, nickname of Sorcha of Sevenwaters, character in Juliet Marillier's Daughter Of The Forest series
Jenny Wilder, character on TV's "Little House On The Prairie"
Jenny Strang, character in L.M Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series
Jenny, Dory's mother in Pixar's "Finding Dory"
"Jenny Wren," song by Paul McCartney
"867-5309/Jenny," song by Tommy Tutone
"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine," song by The Killers
Jenny, mentioned in "Driver's Seat" by Stiff 'n' the Tears: "Jenny was sweet. She always smiled for the people she'd meet..."
"Jenny," song by Nothing More
"The Friends of Red Jenny," organization in the Dragon Age video games

Jenee, Jen, Jennie, Jennee, Jeny, Jenney, Jenni


Bash Says:


I'm a Jennifer that goes by Jenny. I think it's a lovely, soft name that suits all ages (child, teen, adult, granny). However, please be aware that I do get teased for my name, especially as people love to pronounce it as "Jen-nay" ala Forrest Gump haha!

TheSlothPrincess Says:


This is a pleasant, friendly sounding name. There are not a lot of Jennys in my age group (early 20s), and I have not heard of anyone naming their new babies this, so I think it makes a nice alternative to Lily, Emily, etc, if you are looking for a name that is familiar but not too common.