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Gender: female
Pronunciation: JIN-jer
Meaning: spring-like, pure
Related Names: GiGi, Gina, Ginder, Gingee, Gingie, Ginjer, Ginny, Jinger, Virginia

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: ginger Origin: Latin,,, English,, Meaning (no case): spring-like, pure

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The name Ginger has several meanings. One is “pep, liveliness,”[1] another is “spring-like, flourishing.”[1] Still other sources claim the name is a diminutive of Virginia, and so quote the meaning as “pure” or “virgin.”[1] While Ginger may be a nickname for Virginia, the name ultimately comes from the spice of the same name.


Ginger first appeared on the top 1000 most popular names list in 1933, debuting at number 861. It rose in popularity and remained in the top 300 through most of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Peak popularity was number 198 in 1974. Usage declined in the 1980s, dropping dramatically: popularity dropped from number 477 to number 998 in only five years. Ginger last appeared on the chart in 1989.[1]

Ginger has retained a bit more popularity in Canada, where it ranked at number 412 in 2005, and in Australia, where it ranked 720th in 2000. Popularity is also increasing in Belgium, where it rose more than 500 slots between 2002 and 2003.[1]


  • The spice ginger comes from a root, and originates in China and India. The original Sanskrit word for it translates to “with a body like a horn,” which refers to the root’s irregular shape.[1] Introduced by the Spanish, ginger is now cultivated in the West Indies, primarily Jamaica.[1] Ginger may be used in cooking, and also for medicinal purposes. It is especially useful for relieving indigestion and nausea.[1] You may find ginger in many dishes, including gingerbread and ginger snaps.[1]
  • The invention of the Gingerbread Man, which is a common Christmas-time cookie, is attributed to Queen Elizabeth I of England.[1]
  • Ginger Ale is a carbonated beverage invented by John McLaughlin in the early twentieth century.[1]
  • ”Ginger” is a nickname for someone with red-hair. It is usually considered a derogatory term.
  • The word “ginger” can be used as a verb that means “to liven up” or to “pep up.”[1] It may also be used as an adverb: To do something “gingerly” means to do it with much care or caution.[1]





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Author: Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about GingerRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 6  +
Meaning spring-like, pure  +
Meaningnc spring-like, pure  +
Name ginger  +
Origin Latin  +, and English  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation JIN-jer  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related GiGi  +, Gina  +, Ginder  +, Gingee  +, Gingie  +, Ginjer  +, Ginny  +, Jinger  +, and Virginia  +
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