Boy Baby Name

Jeffrey

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Quick Facts on Jeffrey

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 256
Pronunciation:
JEFF-ree
Simple meaning:
God's peace

Characteristics of Jeffrey

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a 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, divine" and “fred/frid” means "peace."  Therefore, the 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 notable author of “The Canterbury Tales.”  The new spelling Jeffrey developed phonetically in modern times and is now the much more widely used form of the name within English-speaking nations.

Popularity of the Name Jeffrey

The name Jeffrey first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1934 and it only took the name 10 years to achieve a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in 1945. Not only that, but Jeffrey would remain on the Top 100 list consistently for the next 50 plus years. The height of Jeffrey’s success was definitely during the 1960s and 70s when it was a Top 20 favorite among American parents. The name finally fell off the Top 100 list in 1999 and it’s been going out of vogue pretty fast compared it its earlier success. Jeffrey is a name that was wildly popular in the latter half of the 20th century. It had a good ride on the charts, but his time has come to step aside for the newer trends. Geoffrey is a fancier choice if you want to sound more Scottish or Welsh. Jeffrey is almost invariably shortened to Jeff which is an attractive, strong, one-syllable “J” name for a boy. Jeffrey is still a risk-free choice. Maybe no longer as ϋber-popular as it once was, Jeff(rey) is a simple, unpretentious name. And perhaps you and your little boy will be blessed with “God’s peace”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jeffrey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jeffrey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jeffrey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jeffrey

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

  • Popular Songs on Jeffrey

    Popular Songs on Jeffrey

    A Song for Jeffrey - a song by Jethro Tull

    For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me - a song by Jethro Tull

    Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square - a song by Jethro Tull

    Love Song for Jeffrey - a song by Helen Reddy

    Suzy and Jeffrey - a song by Blondie

    The Jeffrey - a song by Brave Combo

    Under The Gun (For Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - a song by Blondie

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jeffrey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jeffrey

    Jeffrey and Sloth (Kari-Lynn Winters) - CW Magazine says this book "...will make readers laugh out loud... Bravo to both of its creators. Recommended." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jeffrey and the Third-Grade Ghost (Megan Stine) - When Ricky Reyes dares Jeffrey to get a bloody dagger out of the old McGyver house on Halloween night, Jeffrey is counting on Max, his ghostly friend, to help him. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jeffrey's Ghost and the Leftover Baseball Team (David A. Adler) - A baseball team of children no one else wants on a team turns into a team of winners with the help of a friendly boy ghost. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli) - Jeffery Magee was orphaned when he was young and was taken in by his Aunt and Uncle. When he is 8 years old he runs away to Two Mills, PA where the legend of his athletic prowess begins. He lives with several different families in a town divided along racial lines. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    When the TV Broke (Harriet Ziefert) - When the television breaks, Jeffrey is forced to find fun and imaginative ways to entertain himself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jeffrey

    Famous People Named Jeffrey

    Famous People Named Jeffrey - Jeffrey Combs (actor); Jeffrey Hunter (actor); Jeffrey Tambor (actor); Jeffrey Dahmer (notorious); Jeffrey Carver (author); Jeffrey Buttle (figure skater); Jeffrey Townes (aka DJ Jazzy Jeff); Geoffrey "Jeff" Beck (guitarist); Jeffrey "Jeff" Porcaro (drummer); Jeffrey "Jeff" Tweedy (musician); Jeffrey "Jeff" Bagwell (baseball player); Jeffrey "Jeff" Burton (racecar driver); Jeffrey Francis (baseball player); Jeffery "Jeff" Gordon (racecar driver); Jeffrey "Jeff" Daniels (actor); Jeffrey "Jeff" Bridges (actor); Jeffrey "Jeff" Foxworthy (comic/actor); Jeffrey "Jeff" Goldblum (actor); Jeffrey "Jeff" Probst (host of Survivor); Jeffrey "Jeff" Bezos (founder of Amazon.com)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jeffrey

    Children of Famous People Named Jeffrey

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jeffrey - Anne Archer (actress); Ed McMahon (TV personality); Frank Gifford (sportscaster); Jimmy Carter (U.S. President); John Phillips (musician); Julian Bond (social activist); Mario Andretti (racecar driver); Michael Jordan (basketball player); Sandy Duncan (actress/singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Jeffrey - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jeffrey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jeffrey.

Personality of the Boy Name Jeffrey

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 - Jeffrey

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