Its source is Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh name meaning "Pure and yielding, whitewave."
The name Jenifer ranked 731st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 568th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
In British legend, Gwenhwyfar (the Welsh source of this name) was identified with King Arthur's tragic queen.
Caught as she was between her devotion to her husband and her illicit love for the saintly Sir Lancelot, her predicament is succinctly expressed in the meaning of her name.