Gwenhwyfar adopted into the English language during the 20th century. A Cornish form, it is cognate with the Welsh form Gwenhwyfar and with the Old Irish Findabair. Despite the name’s similarity to the Old English words “jenefer”, “genefer” and “jinifer”, all of which were variants of Juniper used to describe the juniper tree, there is no evidence that it comes from these. A common first name for females in English-speaking countries during the 20th century, the dilemma of a ghost pdf Jennifer has been in use since the 18th century.
Before 1906, the name was fairly uncommon, but it gained some recognition after George Bernard Shaw used it for the main female character in The Doctor’s Dilemma. 28 years after the play was first staged, but it thereafter rose in popularity somewhat, peaking at No.
Jennifer remained in the top 100 in England and Wales until 2005. In the United States, the name Jennifer first entered the annual government-derived list of the 1,000 most commonly used names for newborn baby girls in 1938, when it ranked at No. Thereafter, the name steadily gained popularity, entering the top 100 most commonly given girls names in 1956 and breaking through into the top 10 in 1966.
It dropped out of the top 10 in the United States in 1992 and out of the top 100 in 2009. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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