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1.5m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
301
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jennifer mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jennifer

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

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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 Named Jennifer

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 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 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 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 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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 is an actress. Nanditha was given the name Jennifer .

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Jack and Jennifer is a soap character.

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Ng was born in 1985.

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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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How popular is the baby name Jennifer in the U.S.?

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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 51 51 0
1939 62 62 0
1940 102 102 0
1941 136 136 0
1942 198 198 0
1943 337 337 0
1944 684 684 0
1945 986 986 0
1946 1,739 1,733 6
1947 2,012 2,012 0
1948 1,879 1,879 0
1949 2,623 2,623 0
1950 2,810 2,802 8
1951 2,984 2,975 9
1952 3,534 3,528 6
1953 3,382 3,374 8
1954 3,976 3,966 10
1955 4,125 4,125 0
1956 4,715 4,707 8 #97 girl name
1957 5,493 5,481 12 #86 girl name
1958 5,894 5,881 13 #81 girl name
1959 6,244 6,234 10 #77 girl name
1960 7,258 7,245 13 #61 girl name
1961 9,293 9,262 31 #47 girl name
1962 11,005 10,981 24 #41 girl name
1963 11,782 11,757 25 #36 girl name
1964 12,992 12,958 34 #31 girl name
1965 15,242 15,208 34 #20 girl name
1966 18,265 18,213 52 #10 girl name
1967 18,302 18,235 67 #10 girl name
1968 26,917 26,851 66 #4 girl name
1969 33,799 33,701 98 #3 girl name
1970 46,276 46,157 119 #1 girl name
1971 56,978 56,784 194 #1 girl name
1972 63,794 63,604 190 #1 girl name
1973 62,671 62,451 220 #1 girl name
1974 63,297 63,112 185 #1 girl name
1975 58,410 58,185 225 #1 girl name
1976 59,674 59,474 200 #1 girl name
1977 59,143 58,964 179 #1 girl name
1978 56,526 56,323 203 #1 girl name
1979 56,923 56,718 205 #1 girl name
1980 58,587 58,376 211 #1 girl name
1981 57,241 57,049 192 #1 girl name
1982 57,298 57,115 183 #1 girl name
1983 54,538 54,342 196 #1 girl name
1984 50,765 50,561 204 #1 girl name
1985 42,811 42,650 161 #3 girl name
1986 36,347 36,184 163 #4 girl name
1987 32,813 32,700 113 #4 girl name
1988 28,001 27,887 114 #5 girl name
1989 24,141 23,995 146 #7 girl name
1990 22,313 22,226 87 #8 girl name
1991 20,738 20,672 66 #8 girl name
1992 17,877 17,819 58 #11 girl name
1993 15,798 15,748 50 #15 girl name
1994 14,045 14,000 45 #17 girl name
1995 12,741 12,686 55 #18 girl name
1996 11,763 11,728 35 #19 girl name
1997 11,875 11,838 37 #18 girl name
1998 10,715 10,689 26 #20 girl name
1999 10,641 10,613 28 #21 girl name
2000 9,417 9,385 32 #26 girl name
2001 8,949 8,923 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 #39 girl name
2005 5,851 5,836 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 2,625 2,619 6
2011 2,283 2,277 6
2012 1,928 1,923 5
2013 1,689 1,689 0
2014 1,527 1,521 6
2015 1,283 1,283 0
2016 1,165 1,159 6
2017 1,042 1,042 0

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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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Fun Facts about the name Jennifer

  • What name lists does Jennifer rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jennifer? Jennifer is the 18th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jennifer was the 65,782nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jennifer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,471,118 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 63,604 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jennifer!
  • Random Jennifer Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jennifer ranks 14th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 400 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1998.
  • 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 Rifnneej. 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!

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  • 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).
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