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Updated May 1, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Welsh : White wave
  • French: Tribe woman

What does Genevieve mean and stand for?

The name Genevieve is of Welsh origin and means "white wave" and French origin and means "tribe woman." It is derived form the Germanic medieval name Genovefa (Kenowefa), consisting of the elements kuni, meaning "kin" and wefa

Syllables: 3

How Popular Is The Name Genevieve


According to Social Security Administration data, Genevieve has been fairly stagnant since breaking the top 200 in 2015. It reached peak popularity at rank 168 in 2019.

However, it is the 7th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Genevieve was at its peak popularity in August 2020.

The patroness of Paris, Saint Genevieve, is known for defending the city against Attila the Hun. She is also known for her logical thinking and courage. Other notable namesakes include actress Genevieve Nicole Padalecki, actress Genevieve Knight "G" Hannelius, actress Genevieve Tobin, and poet Genevieve Taggard. The name has also appeared on characters in The Young and the Restless, The Originals, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and How I Met Your Mother.

Where is it Popular?

Genevieve was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Genevieve

  • Gemma
  • Gene
  • Genie
  • Genna
  • Ginny
  • Vi
  • Vivi
  • Vivvy

Pairs well with these middle names

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