Meaning: God’s peace
Alternate spellings: Geoffrey, Jeffery, Jeffree, Jeffry, Jeff, Geoff
This dignified English name may be a derivative of the German name Gottfried, which means “God’s peace.” It’s been a much-loved name for centuries, from the Middle Ages (Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the Canterbury Tales) to today (Jeffrey Bezos, founder of Amazon.com), and hit its high point in the 1960s in the U.S. Lately, it’s suffered from declining numbers (thanks, Jeffrey Dahmer). The fancier, more anglicized Geoffrey spelling might be the contemporary twist this old classic needs.
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