Boy Baby Name

Geoffrey

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Quick Facts on Geoffrey

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
JEFF-ree
Simple meaning:
God's Peace

Characteristics of Geoffrey

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the medieval spelling of Jeffrey; used primarily among the English and the French (the French pronounce it zhaw-FRAY). In fact, the name was first introduced to England by the Norman French after the Conquest of 1066 and it’s been in circulation ever since. The Old French Geuffroi was ultimately derived from an Ancient Germanic name Gautfridu, with the last element (fridu) meaning “peace.” The first component of the name is up for debate, but the most common explanations come from the Old High German “got” meaning “God” or “gawi” meaning “district, territory” or, finally, “walah” meaning “stranger.” So Geoffrey could either mean Divine Peace, Place of Peace or Stanger of Peace. The name is often associated with Godfrey – which does mean “God’s peace.” In Medieval England, the name Geoffrey was particularly popular among the nobility; it’s also a name with a fair amount of literary cachet.  Three very significant men held the name Geoffrey in English history. One, Geoffrey Plantagenet was a Frenchman and father to King Henry II, thus launching the royal house of Plantagenet which ruled England from the 12th to 15th centuries. The other, Geoffrey of Monmouth, was a Welshman and British historian also dating back to the 12th century. He is the one we can thank for preserving the tales of King Arthur’s Court and other stories from Celtic mythology. Lastly, Geoffrey Chaucer was a 14th century poet and notable author of The Canterbury Tales.  Geoffrey would eventually fall from usage in England after the Middle Ages, but it was revived again in the 20th century (mostly in the form of Jeffrey).

Popularity of the Name Geoffrey

The old-school spelling of Geoffrey enjoyed a 20th century revival after the more phonetically-spelled Jeffrey surfaced in the 1930s.  While never as popular as Jeffrey (which reached as high as #9 on the charts in 1966), Geoffrey nonetheless saw some traction.  In fact, Geoffrey got as high as #167 on the charts (1975) – not too shabby. However, today, Geoffrey is no longer a Top 1000 favorite (and only given to a mere 100 baby boys in 2013).  It might be argued that Geoffrey is the more scholarly spelling – more medieval and historic. 
Popularity of the Boy Name Geoffrey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Geoffrey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Geoffrey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Geoffrey

    Geoffrey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Geoffrey.

  • Popular Songs on Geoffrey

    Popular Songs on Geoffrey

    Geoffrey Thomas - a song by Sham 69

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Geoffrey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Geoffrey

    Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather (Bruce Koscielniak) - Geoffrey Groundhog has become a local celebrity for successfully predicting how long winter will last. Everyone awaits his prediction each February 2, when he emerges from his burrow to look for his shadow. But Geoffrey's fame has grown out of control - and so has the commotion surrounding his burrow! With television lights and cameras crowding him, he can't even see the ground, much less his shadow. How will he make his spring prediction? How will anyone know if they should wax their surfboards or their skis? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Geoffrey the Wide Mouth Frog Paperback (JB Heart) - Geoffrey is a wide mouth frog who lives on a lily pad in Baraboo. He goes on a journey in search of Mr. Al E. Gator, who has a secret about wide mouth frogs! Geoffrey meets some interesting characters along the way including a hedgehog, eagle, beaver, turtles, lizard, squirrels, snake and alligator and learns quite a bit about other animals in the woods. When he finally finds Mr. Al E. Gator, Geoffrey is so surprised at the secret that...Ah! I’m sorry, it’s such a secret that you will just have to go inside the book and find out for yourself! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Oh Dear, Geoffrey! (Gemma O'Neill) - Can this very clumsy giraffe learn to stand tall? Geoffrey is a very tall, very clumsy giraffe. He tries to make friends with the animals down on the ground, but he just trips, slips, and falls . . . usually flat on his face. Poor old Geoffrey tries everything to fit in, but it’s only when he realizes that his height can be an advantage that he stretches out his long neck and finds a host of friends in the trees. Soon he discovers he can find friends just by being himself. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Geoffrey

    Famous People Named Geoffrey

    Famous People Named Geoffrey - Geoffrey Chaucer (English author); Geoffrey of Monmouth (Welsh historian); Geoffrey Rush (Australian actor); Geoffrey Boycott (English cricketer); Geoffrey Howe (British politician); Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (medieval nobility); Geoffrey Palmer (English actor); Geoffrey Lewis (American actor); Geoffrey Blainey (Australian historian)

  • Children of Famous People Named Geoffrey

    Children of Famous People Named Geoffrey

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Geoffrey - Roger Moore (English actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Geoffrey

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Geoffrey

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