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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).

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  1. 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;

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