Jenny

First Name
91k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jenny

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  • According to a user from Hong Kong, the name Jenny is of Unknown origin and means "White wave; fair".
  • A submission from Michigan, United States says the name Jenny means "Lovely" and is of Hebrew origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jen"ny
Senses
  1. A familiar or pet form of the proper name Jane.
  2. [Zoöl] A familiar name of the European wren.
noun Jen"ny
A machine for spinning a number of threads at once, -- used in factories. Also called spinning jenny.

Etymology: A corruption of gin an engine; influenced by Jenny, the proper name. See Gin an engine, and cf. Ginny-carriage

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Female donkey
  2. United States architect who designed the first skyscraper in which a metal skeleton was used (1832-1907)
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Jane and Jennifer (and rarely Eugenia), also used as a formal given name.
  2. (Britain, informal) A Wren (a member of the WRNS)

Jenny was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jenny

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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Jenny Slate is an actress, comedian, voice artist, and author. She has been prominent since 2005. Jenny was given the name Jenny Sarah Slate on March 25th, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts.

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She was most prominent from 1964 to present. Jenny was given the name Jennifer Ann Agutter on December 20th, 1952 in Taunton, United Kingdom.

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Jenny Lewis is an indie rock, alternative country, and indie folk musician. She plays Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Bass guitar, Harmonica, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 1985. Jenny was given the name Jennifer Diane Lewis on January 8th, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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Jenny Shimizu is a model (people) and actor. Jenny was born on June 16th, 1967 in San Jose, California, U.S.

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Jenny Mollen is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2000. Jenny was given the name Jenny Ann Mollen on May 30th, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jenny

Hans Jenny was a scientist in the field of pedology (soil study). Hans was born on February 7th, 1899 in Basel. He died on January 9th, 1992.

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Zoë was born on March 16th, 1974 in Basel.

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Pascal Jenny is a soccer player for the Neuchâtel Xamax, Servette FC, FC Winterthur, Yverdon Sport FC, and FC St. Gallen. Pascal was born on July 6th, 1978.

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Walter was born on March 14th, 1957 in Shawnee.

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Charles was born in 1898.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 13 13 0
1881 15 15 0
1882 16 16 0
1883 11 11 0
1884 17 17 0
1885 17 17 0
1886 16 16 0
1887 18 18 0
1888 24 24 0
1889 20 20 0
1890 17 17 0
1891 17 17 0
1892 27 27 0
1893 24 24 0
1894 25 25 0
1895 23 23 0
1896 29 29 0
1897 23 23 0
1898 25 25 0
1899 27 27 0
1900 39 39 0
1901 26 26 0
1902 24 24 0
1903 29 29 0
1904 16 16 0
1905 18 18 0
1906 35 35 0
1907 45 45 0
1908 35 35 0
1909 39 39 0
1910 41 41 0
1911 41 41 0
1912 72 72 0
1913 80 80 0
1914 84 84 0
1915 106 106 0
1916 136 136 0
1917 131 131 0
1918 142 142 0
1919 146 146 0
1920 188 188 0
1921 178 178 0
1922 174 174 0
1923 189 189 0
1924 212 212 0
1925 207 201 6
1926 211 211 0
1927 227 222 5
1928 190 185 5
1929 216 203 13
1930 235 235 0
1931 232 222 10
1932 207 199 8
1933 225 219 6
1934 156 156 0
1935 194 186 8
1936 174 174 0
1937 184 176 8
1938 196 196 0
1939 185 173 12
1940 248 239 9
1941 258 246 12
1942 289 273 16
1943 310 293 17
1944 306 296 10
1945 310 302 8
1946 405 396 9
1947 547 534 13
1948 473 465 8
1949 543 536 7
1950 575 568 7
1951 668 660 8
1952 784 778 6
1953 754 754 0
1954 836 827 9
1955 766 758 8
1956 768 760 8
1957 1,125 1,117 8
1958 1,217 1,204 13
1959 1,287 1,275 12
1960 1,360 1,351 9
1961 1,258 1,249 9
1962 1,405 1,395 10
1963 1,302 1,302 0
1964 1,146 1,146 0
1965 995 987 8
1966 866 858 8
1967 776 768 8
1968 863 856 7
1969 1,039 1,039 0
1970 1,417 1,410 7
1971 2,259 2,238 21
1972 2,644 2,635 9
1973 2,072 2,067 5
1974 2,147 2,132 15
1975 2,067 2,059 8
1976 2,438 2,427 11
1977 2,699 2,687 12
1978 2,629 2,619 10
1979 2,644 2,628 16
1980 2,663 2,645 18
1981 2,416 2,401 15
1982 2,468 2,455 13
1983 2,259 2,246 13
1984 2,149 2,136 13
1985 1,818 1,808 10
1986 1,644 1,631 13
1987 1,713 1,700 13
1988 1,419 1,401 18
1989 1,295 1,289 6
1990 1,348 1,337 11
1991 1,267 1,262 5
1992 1,140 1,140 0
1993 1,019 1,019 0
1994 986 981 5
1995 989 979 10
1996 1,012 1,012 0
1997 874 874 0
1998 778 778 0
1999 758 758 0
2000 826 826 0
2001 810 810 0
2002 840 840 0
2003 709 709 0
2004 685 685 0
2005 612 612 0
2006 666 666 0
2007 616 616 0
2008 511 511 0
2009 406 406 0
2010 350 350 0
2011 361 361 0
2012 308 308 0
2013 336 336 0
2014 335 335 0
2015 279 279 0
2016 234 234 0
2017 259 259 0

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Popularity of Jenny as a first name

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Popularity of Jenny as a last name

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Common last names for Jenny

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Carlson
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Hansen
  • Brown
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Williams

Common first names for Jenny

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jenny U.S.
  White 87.08% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jenny

People with the last name Jenny are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Jenny

  • How Popular is the name Jenny? Jenny is the 682nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Jenny was the 19,019th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jenny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 91,322 babies born with the first name Jenny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jenny to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jenny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Jenny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jenny is Tuesday, November 1st, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Jenny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jenny was in 1977 with a total of 2,687 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jenny!
  • Random Jenny Factoid: According to the 1971 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jenny ranks 47th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 52 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1971.
  • Weird things about the name Jenny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ynnje. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jenny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,432 people with the last name Jenny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jenny? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jenny as their last name since less than 1 person in 204k 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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