The name Jennifer is primarily a female name of English origin that means Fair, Soft.
The name Jennifer is originally a Cornish version of the Welsh name Gwynhwyfar, used for women of light complexion. It's also a variation of the name Gwenivere. Gwynhwyfar comes from the old Celtic word roots "white, fair, or blessed" and "sebros" meaning "Smooth/Soft" or "Magical Being."
Popularity of the name Jennifer rocketed onto the charts after the main character Jennifer/Jenny in the novel Love Story and subsequent movie in 1970. Although the name was already on the rise, it shot to #1 and stayed there for fifteen years until 1985.
Famous Jennifers include actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Jones. Actress/singers Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday.
BabyNames.com was founded by web developer and author, Jennifer Moss. Jennifer is also the brand name of a line of furniture.
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