Guinevere

Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur who was in love with Lancelot and whose affair led to her husband’s downfall. Guinevere is the Norman French form of Gwenhwyfar, made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”.

Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Variants:

  • Guenevere
  • Gwenhwyfar (Welsh)
  • Gwenevere
  • Gwynnever
  • Guenièvre (French)
  • Gweniver (Breton)
  • Jennifer (Cornish, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish)
  • Jenifer (English, Cornish)
  • Ginevra (Italian)
  • Gaenor (Welsh)
  • Gaynor (English)
  • Guanhumara (Latin)

 

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Jennifer

Jennifer is the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) 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 include: Jen, Jenny/Jennie and Jenna

Origin: Welsh

Variants:

  • Jenifer (English, Cornish)
  • Yenifer (Spanish)
  • Jenna (English)
  • Gwenifer (Cornish)
  • Guinevere (Norman French)
  • Guenevere
  • Gwenhwyfar (Welsh)
  • Gwenevere (English)