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Name Interview with Jennifer

A close-up of Lancelot and Guinevere by Herbert James Draper

What is your name? (Include middle if you like) Jennifer Lynn 
What decade were you born in? 70's 
How did you get your name? After actress Jennifer O'Neil  
How did you feel about your name growing up? I wanted to be named Diana 
How do you feel about your name now? Don't mind it at all 
If you have any kids, how did you choose their name(s)? Gabriel (Gabe) after his dad (not my choice) & Alena after my grandma but with an "a" in front 
What is the name of your best friend? I have 3 - Lisa, Michelle & Cristina 
What are some common names for your age group? Laura, Michelle, Lisa 
If you had to give yourself a new first name, what would it be? Idk when I was a kid I wanted it to be Diana? Now I don't really care 
Of the kids you've met most recently, which are your favorites and least favorites? Idk I don't like names spelled completely different than they sound

I thought it would be fun to start my interviews with someone named Jennifer because I heard this name was so popular at one time that some Jennifer's "lost their identity" and joined "Jennifer Support Groups." I, personally, only know three Jen's, so I can't say how true that is, as they all like their name and haven't had any issues with it.

Jennifer is the Cornish variant of Guinevere, Queen of Arthurian legend. Her name means "white phantom," from a Norman French take on Gwynhwyfar, meaning a magical being of fair coloring. The name can be found as far back as the 12th century. Another actress to popularize the name (as she mentioned Jennifer O'Neil above) was Jennifer Jones. Currently, there are at least four A-list celebrities named Jennifer - surnames, Lopez, Garner, Anniston and Connelly. An early literary usage of the name was in Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma in 1905. Guinevere is now on the rise, with 99 births last year (2011).


  1. I adore Guinevere! I also like Genevieve, but it's been getting way too popular lately...

  2. I think both are very good alternatives to Jennifer, which is still very popular. #130 I believe.

  3. This is a cool interview. Where do you find the people to interview?

  4. Everyone I have planned and have done so far are people I know, but after that I will extend the pool to people they know. I have 5 more lined up so far. I need more/better questions, though!

    1. I like your questions! It's cool to see the names that go with different ages.

  5. The next one I have I'm including country of origin since it is unique. I'll probably post it around late September. I'd like to do one for you, too, if you'd like.

    1. I can't wait to read it. Of course I would like to! Thanks for asking :)

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