Of recent origin and uncertain derivation: possibly a variant of Jennifer. In form it coincides with the name of the city in Switzerland (compare Florence and Venetia). It may alternatively have been intended as a short form of Genevieve.
English: 1. occupational name for a physician, Old English lǣce, from the medieval medical practice of ‘bleeding’, often by applying leeches to the sick person. 2. topographic name for someone who lived by a boggy stream, from an Old English læcc, or a habitational name from Eastleach or Northleach in Gloucestershire, named with the same Old English element.