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1.5m
in the U.S.
since 1880
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301
in the U.S.
in 2010

Jennifer

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1916 5 5 0
1919 6 6 0
1920 7 7 0
1921 5 5 0
1922 7 7 0
1923 9 9 0
1924 11 11 0
1925 9 9 0
1926 10 10 0
1927 5 5 0
1928 7 7 0
1929 17 17 0
1930 17 17 0
1931 26 26 0
1932 25 25 0
1933 30 30 0
1934 41 41 0
1935 36 36 0
1936 42 42 0
1937 38 38 0
1938 52 52 0
1939 62 62 0
1940 102 102 0
1941 136 136 0
1942 199 199 0
1943 337 337 0
1944 686 686 0
1945 986 986 0
1946 1,739 1,733 6
1947 2,013 2,013 0
1948 1,881 1,881 0
1949 2,623 2,623 0
1950 2,811 2,802 9
1951 2,982 2,973 9
1952 3,537 3,531 6
1953 3,384 3,376 8
1954 3,970 3,960 10
1955 4,127 4,127 0
1956 4,719 4,711 8 #97 girl name
1957 5,494 5,482 12 #86 girl name
1958 5,894 5,881 13 #81 girl name
1959 6,242 6,232 10 #78 girl name
1960 7,256 7,243 13 #61 girl name
1961 9,296 9,265 31 #47 girl name
1962 11,004 10,980 24 #41 girl name
1963 11,785 11,760 25 #36 girl name
1964 12,994 12,960 34 #31 girl name
1965 15,245 15,211 34 #20 girl name
1966 18,269 18,217 52 #10 girl name
1967 18,306 18,239 67 #10 girl name
1968 26,915 26,849 66 #4 girl name
1969 33,803 33,705 98 #3 girl name
1970 46,279 46,160 119 #1 girl name
1971 56,979 56,785 194 #1 girl name
1972 63,800 63,610 190 #1 girl name
1973 62,675 62,455 220 #1 girl name
1974 63,301 63,116 185 #1 girl name
1975 58,411 58,186 225 #1 girl name
1976 59,678 59,478 200 #1 girl name
1977 59,144 58,965 179 #1 girl name
1978 56,519 56,316 203 #1 girl name
1979 56,926 56,720 206 #1 girl name
1980 58,591 58,381 210 #1 girl name
1981 57,235 57,043 192 #1 girl name
1982 57,292 57,109 183 #1 girl name
1983 54,532 54,336 196 #1 girl name
1984 50,766 50,562 204 #1 girl name
1985 42,810 42,649 161 #3 girl name
1986 36,344 36,181 163 #4 girl name
1987 32,807 32,694 113 #4 girl name
1988 28,000 27,886 114 #5 girl name
1989 24,141 23,995 146 #7 girl name
1990 22,306 22,219 87 #8 girl name
1991 20,737 20,671 66 #8 girl name
1992 17,877 17,819 58 #11 girl name
1993 15,798 15,748 50 #15 girl name
1994 14,041 13,997 44 #17 girl name
1995 12,740 12,685 55 #18 girl name
1996 11,762 11,727 35 #19 girl name
1997 11,875 11,838 37 #18 girl name
1998 10,714 10,688 26 #20 girl name
1999 10,639 10,611 28 #21 girl name
2000 9,416 9,384 32 #26 girl name
2001 8,947 8,921 26 #26 girl name
2002 8,564 8,537 27 #28 girl name
2003 7,582 7,564 18 #31 girl name
2004 6,564 6,541 23 #38 girl name
2005 5,848 5,833 15 #42 girl name
2006 5,283 5,267 16 #51 girl name
2007 4,655 4,648 7 #64 girl name
2008 3,806 3,791 15 #84 girl name
2009 2,991 2,986 5
2010 2,624 2,618 6
2011 2,283 2,277 6
2012 1,927 1,922 5
2013 1,688 1,688 0
2014 1,524 1,518 6
2015 1,275 1,275 0

Fun Facts about the name Jennifer

  • How many people with the first name Jennifer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,468,898 babies born with the first name Jennifer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jennifer to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jennifer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jennifer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jennifer is Sunday, April 19th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Jennifer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jennifer was in 1972 with a total of 63,610 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jennifer!
  • Random Jennifer Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jennifer ranks 3rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 741 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Jennifer: Your name in reverse order is Refinnej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nefnerij. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jennifer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 301 people with the last name Jennifer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jennifer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jennifer as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

Where is the name Jennifer popular?

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Popularity of Jennifer as a first name

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Popularity of Jennifer as a last name

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Common last names for Jennifer

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Moore
  • King
  • Scott

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jennifer U.S.
  White 60.80% 64.26%
  African American 21.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jennifer

People with the last name Jennifer are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Jennifer" mean? The list below shows the origins of Jennifer as well as things modernly associated with the name Jennifer such as celebrities named Jennifer.

English

Origin and Meaning of Jennifer

The name "Jennifer" is of English origin, and it means "Fair Phantom or White Wave". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From Cornish, from Middle Cornish Gwynnever (cognate with Welsh Gwenhwyfar), from Proto-Celtic *Windosēbaris (“white spirit”).

  1. A female given name.

Jennifer was also found in the following language(s): French, German, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Jennifer

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15th, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is an actress, producer, and businesswoman. She was most active from 1987 to present. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Joanna Aniston by her parents John Aniston and Nancy Dow on February 11th, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is an actress, author, dancer, fashion designer, producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality. She holds the title On the Floor" and Waiting for Tonight". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24th, 1969 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy is an actress, comedienne, model, author, activist, talk show host, and screenwriter. She was most active from 1993 to present. Jenny was given the name Jennifer Ann McCarthy on November 1st, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois U.S.

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Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner is an actress and film producer. She was most active from 1995 to 1995. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Anne Garner on April 17th, 1972 in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Lynn Connelly on December 12th, 1970 in Cairo, New York, U.S. Jennifer is also known as Connelly and Jennifer Lynn.

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  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
    (actress)
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Esposito
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Morrison
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Beals
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Grey
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Hudson
    (singer)
  • Jennifer Coolidge
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Carpenter
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Winget
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Tilly
    (actress)
  • Jenna Elfman
    (actress)
  • Jennifer Saunders
    (comedian)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jennifer

Nancy Jennifer

Nancy Jennifer is an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Nancy was born in Chennai. Nancy is also known as Baby Jennifer.

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Nanditha

Nanditha is an actress. Nanditha was given the name Jennifer .

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Jack and Jennifer

Jack and Jennifer is a soap character.

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Ng Jennifer

Ng Jennifer is a leading somebody. Ng was born in 1985.

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Yéo Jennifer

Yéo Jennifer is a famous somebody. She holds the title Miss Cote d'Ivoire 2014 and Miss Cote d'Ivoire. Yéo was given the name Jennifer Kalo Yéo in 1996 in Aboisso.

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What does the name Jennifer mean?

Jis for jubilant, the upbeat you!

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Nis for natural, the genuine side of you.

Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

Iis for important, the search for all parts of life that are

Fis for fair, always honest and true.

Eis for excite, your spirit is catching!

Ris for reassuring, eliminating doubts!

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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