[ 3 syll. jen-ni-fer, je-nnif-er ] The baby boy name Jennifer is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is JHEHN-ihF-er †. The origin of Jennifer is the Welsh language. The name's meaning is white wave. See Jennifer for more information.
Jennifer is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1975, 0.014% of baby boys were given the name Jennifer. It ranked at #537 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep fall in popularity, and is today of infrequent use. Within all boy names in its group, Jennifer was nonetheless the most widely used in 2018. In the past century Jennifer has mostly been a girl name. In 1989, the name Jennifer was given to 172 times as many girls than boys.
† English pronunciation for Jennifer: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"