Quick Facts on Jeffery
- American, English
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Jeffery
Jeffery is a spelling variation of Jeffrey, which in turn is the modern respelling of Geoffrey, a male given name that dates back to the Middle Ages. Geoffrey is of Germanic (Frankish) origin but the name’s meaning is debated and uncertain. Most likely the name developed from Godfrey which also has Frankish and Germanic roots. The words “god/gōd” essentially means “God, good” and “fred/frid” means “peace”. Therefore, the full meaning of the name has to do with God’s peace or some divine (good) sense of peace. Geoffrey was brought to the British Isles by the Normans. Three important 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 author of “The Canterbury Tales”. The new spelling Jeffery developed phonetically in modern times (primarily in the United States), but os not as popular as the more common Jeffrey. The medieval spelling of Geoffrey has since gone by the wayside.
Popularity of the Name Jeffery
The spelling of Jeffery first appeared in America in 1939. This was about five years after Jeffrey arrived to the charts and started to show some promising usage. Both names have done quite well, particularly between the 1950s and 80s, although Jeffrey has always been the more preferred spelling. We agree that Jeffery is a totally legitimate spelling, but by the looks of it we can’t help wanting to pronounce the name “JEF-a-ree” which makes it feel more random and awkward compared to Jeffrey. If you are a true traditionalist, we say buck the trend and go with Geoffrey. It’s got a classic English erudite style all its own. Watch out for Jefferson, though, because for surname-loving parents out there, he may just surpass Jeffery one day soon. Since the turn of the 21st century, the spelling of Jeffery has shown a substantial loss of interest. It’s declined to levels of low moderation at this point and doesn’t appear to be a particular favorite. People naturally want to spell this name Jeffrey, so children named Jeffery are likely to encounter some spelling confusion along the way.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jeffery
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jeffery
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jeffery
Jeffery We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jeffery.
Popular Songs on Jeffery
Jeffery - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Jeffery.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jeffery
Jeffery the Jeep (Bill N. Dingus) - Enhanced with charming full-color illustrations on every page, this is a delightful story about a little Jeep that dreams of being a fire truck. Every time he expresses his ambition he is told, “You are too small and made the wrong way.” As Jeffery talks to his friends and family, he learns that everyone has a special role, and eventually discovers his own. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Jeffery
Famous People Named Jeffery - Jeffery Demps (track and field athlete); Jeffery Taylor (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Jeffery
Famous People Who Named Their Son Jeffery - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jeffery.
Jeffery - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jeffery - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jeffery.
Personality of the Boy Name Jeffery
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jeffery