Of Gaulish origin.
Genevieve is the English form of the French name Geneviève.
From the Gaulish name Genovefa, meaning “tribe woman”.
Saint Geneviève lived a life dedicated to prayer and works of charity.
In 451, when Attila the Hun was marching to Paris, she persuaded the inhabitants not to evacuate and led a marathon prayer. Her predictions were verified, when the Huns decided to change course.
She is the patron saint of Paris, France.
Other forms of the name are: Gina, Ginette, Gwenivive, Gin, Jennie, Guinevieve, Genoveffa.
Famous bearers are Geneviève Page, Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet (known as Alison Moyet), Geneviève Bujold, Geneviève Grad, Genevieve Gorder, Genevieve Nnaji, Genevieve Padalecki.
Singer, songwriter Alison Moyet became widely known as half of the synth pop duo “Yazoo”, early in the 80’s. Yazoo had some major hits, especially in the U.K.
She soon began a solo career, which was successful due to her remarkable bluesy contralto voice.