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).