[ 3 syll. gui-ne-ve-re, gu-inev-ere ] The baby girl name Guinevere is pronounced as GWIHN-ah-VihR (English) †. Guinevere is used chiefly in the English and French languages, and it is derived from Old Welsh origins. It is derived from the elements 'gwen' meaning white, fair, blessed, holy ; 'hwyfar' smooth. Gwenhwyfar (Old Welsh) is an old form of Guinevere. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere was the queen consort of King Arthur, famous for her affair with the king's most trusted knight Sir Lancelot.
The name Guinevere is used to a great extent; it has 61 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Gaenor (used in Welsh as well), Gaynah, Gayner, Gaynor (used in Welsh as well), Generva, Genever, Genevra, Gennifer, Geunor (used in Welsh as well), Ginette, Ginevra (used in Italian as well), Guanhamara, Guanhumora, Guener, Guenever, Guenevere (used in French as well), Guenievre, Gueniver, Guenna, Guennola, Guinever, Guinivere, Guinna, Gvenour, Gwenhwyvar, Gwenhyvar, Gwenifer, Gweniver, Gwenivere, and Gwenn. Other English forms include the diminutive forms Gayna, Gwen (used in Welsh as well), Gwinny, and Vera (used in Czech, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic as well), and the variant spellings Guinevear, Guinnevere, Gwenevere (used in Welsh as well), and Gwynnevere. Genevieve (German) and Gwenhwyfar (Welsh) are foreign variants of Guinevere.
Guinevere is not regularly used as a baby name for girls. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. In 2018, out of the group of girl names directly linked to Guinevere, Genevieve was the most widely used.
† Pronunciation for Guinevere: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"