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Juniper

Juniper is the name of a type of tree or shrub which comes from Latin iuniperus meaning “juniper tree”. It could be related to Latin iuncus (reed, rush) derived from PIE root *yoy-ni- (juniper berry), combined with *-paro, *-pareo (to produce), though it’s also possible that first element of the name could be derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “young” (from which the name Juno derives from), ultimately meaning “youth producing”. Juniper is also an English surname, though in its case it developed as a matronymic name which developed from the given name Jennifer (the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit, specter, magical being).

Nicknames: June, Junie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Jenever (Dutch)
  • Genever (English)
  • Genievre (French)
  • Genièvre (French)
  • Junipera (English)
  • Ginepra (Italian)

 

Male forms:

  • Junipero (Spanish)
  • Junípero (Spanish)
  • Ginepro (Italian)

 

 

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