Genever

Names Throughout the Ages

Genever is a variant spelling of Jenever, the Dutch form of Juniper, referring to a shrub or tree with dark-blue berry-like cones that can be used for flavoring gin and has some medicinal use; Jenever is the name of a Dutch wine flavored with juniper. It comes from Latin iuniperus (juniper tree), of uncertain origin though it’s been linked to Latin iuncus (rush, reed) derived from a PIE source. It sounds similar to Jennifer but the two are not related in any way.

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Jenever (Dutch, English)
  • Genievre (French)
  • Genièvre (French)

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