Borrowed from French Geneviève (patron saint of Paris), from Latin Genovefa, Genoveva, possibly either of Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kunją (“kin, family”) + *wībą (“woman, wife”), or of Celtic origin, ultimately from Proto-Celtic *genos (“family, clan”).
- A female given name from French.
- 1995, Barbara Vine, The Brimstone Wedding, Thorndike Press, published 1996, →ISBN, page 9:
- But I like it when Stella calls me Genevieve, because though I'm Jenny to everyone else, always have been since I was born, I was christened Genevieve. My dad called me after a vintage car in a film, if you can credit it, and to most people it's a bit embarrassing, but the way Stella says it it's got a pretty sound.
- 2014 Joyce Carol Oates, Carthage, Fourth Estate, →ISBN, page 422:
- Her name was Genevieve. A classy name and she was a classy woman or had been, not long ago;