Of Welsh origin.
It means “white shadow”, “white enchantress”.
A Norman French form of the Welsh name “Gwenhwyfar”.
A combination of the elements “gwyn”, meaning “white”, “fair” and “hwyfar”, meaning “smooth”, “shadow”.
According to the Arthurian legend, Guinevere was the beautiful Queen of Camelot, wife of King Arthur.
In medieval romance stories, and according to French poet Chrétien de Troyes, Guinevere engaged in a love affair with Arthur’s chief knight, Sir Lancelot.
Other forms of the name are Guenevere, Gwenevere, Gwen, Genna, Jennifer, Gayna, Gaynor.
A famous bearer is American actress and screenwriter Guinevere Turner.