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Gender: female
Pronunciation: JEN-a-veev
Meaning: of the race of women, white wave
Related Names: Gena, Genavieve, Geneieve, Geneva, Geneve, Geneveeve, Genevie, Genivee, Genivieve, Gennie, Genny, Genovera, Genoveva, Gina, Guinevere, Janeva, Jenevieve, Jennie, Jenny

Length: 9 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 403


Name: genevieve Origin: French,,, Celtic,,, Latin,, Meaning (no case): of the race of women, white wave



The name Geneviève is of uncertain origin, however it’s generally thought to be Celtic, meaning “of the race of women,” “women of the people,” or “mother of the race,” derived from the French Geneviève “white wave”, which in turn comes from the Late Latin Genovefa. [1] It began to be used in Britain in the 19th century.

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Geneviève has been a popular name for more than a century, ranking in the top 1000 most popular baby girl names since 1880. [1]

  • 1880 – 177
  • 1890 – 150
  • 1900 – 120
  • 1910 – 82
  • 1920 – 110
  • 1930 – 190
  • 1940 – 315
  • 1950 – 515
  • 1960 – 619
  • 1970 – 513
  • 1980 – 459
  • 1990 – 537
  • 2000 – 419


  • Guinevere sings a prayer to St. Geneviève in the opening scene of Camelot.
  • According to the science of numerology, people named Geneviève tend toward order and discipline. As logical thinkers, they must have a strict routine, and they are rarely spontaneous. They may have a short fuse when dealing with people who don’t value truth and justice as they do. Somewhat incongruously, they also tend to be easy-going, friendly, and intuitive peacemakers.


  • When in Arizona, be sure to see Genevieve’s Arch, and don’t forget to visit Genevieve, MT. [1]
  • For your listening pleasure:
    • “Genevieve” by Wishbone Ash [1]
    • “Genevieve” by Jon and Vangelis [1]
    • “Lady Genevieve” by The Mamas and the Papas [1]
    • “Genevieve” by Walt Wilkins [1]
  • Curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watch: [1]
    • Geneviève (1923)
    • Gee Whiz, Genevieve (1924)
    • Sweet Genevieve (1947)
    • Genevieve (1953)
    • Geneviève (1964)
    • A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow (2000)
    • Meeting Genevieve (2000)


Geneviève Bujold (b. 1942) – Canadian actress.

Genevieve Caulfield (May 8, 1888 - December 12, 1972) – winner of the 1961 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, and recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President John F. Kennedy. Blind from birth, Caufield spent more than 40 years in Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam helping the blind to overcome their status of useless baggage and become full and productive members of society.

St. Geneviève (abt. 422-512) – patron saint of Paris. Legend has it that when Geneviève was seven years old, St. Germanus visited her village of Nanterre (near Paris). He noticed her in the crowd, prophesied her future sanctity, and asked her if she wanted to become a bride of Christ. She replied that she did, and Germanus immediately consecrated her to God. Her parents died when she was 15, and she moved to Paris, where she became a nun.

As she got older, Geneviève became known for her severe austerity. She ate only twice a week and fasted the rest of the time. Not surprisingly, she had visions and made prophesies, many of which are said to have been fulfilled. In 451, when Atilla the Hun was marching on Paris, Geneviève convinced the Parisians not to flee their homes, but to fast and pray, saying that God would protect them. As the enemy got closer, the people began to turn against her, but in the end, Atilla turned his army south toward Orleans.

St. Geneviève is remembered for her generosity to the poor, and she’s a protector against disaster, fever, and excessive rain and drought. She died in 512 and is interred in the church of Sainte Geneviève in Paris. Her feast day is January 3.


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"IMDb Title Search." IMDb The Internet Movie Database., Inc.. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Genevieve by Walt Wilkins ." imeem. imeem, Inc.. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Jon And Vangelis - Genevieve LYRICS." LYRICS download. 23 Apr 2008. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"The Mamas the Papas - Lady Genevieve LYRICS." Lyrics Download. 23 Apr 2008. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Meaning and origin of Genevieve." Birthcare. Birthcare, LLC. . 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"12 results for genevieve ." Place Buttle and Tuttle Ltd . 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Madeline - Madeline and The Gypsies ." ABC Shop. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Genevieve." sharetv - free online tv community . 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Popular Baby Names." Social Security Online. 11 May 2007. Social Security Administration. 23 Apr 2008 <>.

"Genevieve - Name Meaning and Origin." Think Baby Names. 23 Apr 2008 <>.


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Author: Madeleine Wieder

Facts about GenevieveRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 9  +
Meaning of the race of women, white wave  +
Meaningnc of the race of women, white wave  +
Name genevieve  +
Origin French  +, Celtic  +, and Latin  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation JEN-a-veev  +
Rank in 2000s 403  +
Related Gena  +, Genavieve  +, Geneieve  +, Geneva  +, Geneve  +, Geneveeve  +, Genevie  +, Genivee  +, Genivieve  +, Gennie  +, Genny  +, Genovera  +, Genoveva  +, Gina  +, Guinevere  +, Janeva  +, Jenevieve  +, Jennie  +, and Jenny  +
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