Genevieve Meaning and Origin

The name Genevieve is a girl’s name meaning “woman of the race, white wave” and is of Celtic origin. Derived from the Old Celtic name “Gwenhwyfar,” which means “white wave” or “white spirit”. It was later adapted to the Latin form “Genovefa” and then to the French form “Geneviève.” Saint Genevieve was a patron saint of Paris and a popular figure in medieval France, which helped to popularize the name throughout Europe. Today, the name Genevieve is still fairly popular in France and in other countries with French-speaking populations, but it is also used in many other parts of the world. It has been used as the name of several notable figures throughout history, including Genevieve of Brabant, a legendary medieval figure, and Genevieve Nnaji, a Nigerian actress.

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