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Jennifer

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The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, "That is all there was!" But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
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English

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Etymology

From the Cornish equivalent of Guinevere, from Welsh Gwenhwyfar, from gwen (fair, white), and ghwyf (smooth); the Welsh equivalent of the Irish Fionnbharr, derived from Gaelic fionn (white, fair) and barr (head).

Proper noun

Singular
Jennifer

Plural
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Jennifer

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes

The name was mostly used in Cornwall before the 20th century. It became popular in all English-speaking countries, first in UK in the 1950s, and then in US as the top name for women born in 1970-1984.

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Quotations

  • 1906 George Bernard Shaw: The Doctor's Dilemma: Act I:
    RIDGEON. Thats a wonderful drawing. Why is it called Jennifer?
    MRS DUBEDAT. My name is Jennifer.
    RIDGEON. A strange name.
    MRS DUBEDAT. Not in Cornwall. I am Cornish. It's only what you call Guinevere.

French

Etymology

English from Cornish

Proper noun

Jennifer

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

German

Etymology

English from Cornish

Proper noun

Jennifer [[Category:Template:lang:de proper nouns|Jennifer]]

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

Swedish

Etymology

English from Cornish

Proper noun

Jennifer

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

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