Monday, August 22, 2011


Today's name: Ginevra

Potential nicknames: Gin, Ginny, Ever, Eve, Eva, Nev, Evra

Pronunciation: jin-EV-ra, juh-NEV-ra

Origin: (1) Welsh, variant of Jennifer, (Jennifer coming from Guinevere,) meaning "smooth" and "fair." Considering Guinevere was a queen, I labeled this name under "Princesses and Queens." (2) Italian, meaning "fair one," possible variant of Jennifer, Genevieve, or Geneva. Sidenote: different books and websites say varying origins, but it is most likely all three.

Popularity: Unbelievably (and you'll see why in my "fun fact" for today) there were only 15 baby girls named Ginevra in 2010 in the U.S., and only 6 in 2011, according to the Social Security Administration's extended list of baby names. Simply unbelievable. The nickname/name Ginny actually beat it out with 21 births.

Fun fact: Ginevra is a character in the Harry Potter series, Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley.


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