This name is ultimately derived from the Latin word iuniperus or juniperus which is a combination of the word junio which means "young" and parere which means "to produce". These put together equal "youth producing" or evergreen. Beyond this, Juniper could also be a derivation of the Welsh name Guinevere. Click here for even more information about this possible connection.
This name has become more than just a guilty pleasure as evidenced by the way it has skyrocketed up the charts in the past five years. Juniper first gained usage in the US in 1969 thanks to a hit song called "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan. After that, it was occasionally used until 1985 when it took a hiatus until 1992. Between 2007 and 2008, this name got a boost in popularity. The name joined the Top 1000 for the first time in 2011 at #953. In 2012, there were 296 girls given the name Juniper which ranked it at an impressive #883. There were also 5 boys given the name in 2012 but this name is overwhelmingly female.
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Sisters: Alice, Hadley, Hazel, Romilly, Violet, Willow
Brothers: Arthur, August, Everett, Jasper, Julius, Oliver
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What would you pair with Juniper? What do you think of this fast-rising name?
I love your suggestions of Juniper Olivia and Molly Juniper!! So lovely!!!
Juniper is such a cool, funky name that I think would be good for either a girl or a boy.
I also like the Old French form - Geneva.
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