What does Geoffrey mean?
Geoffrey \ge(o)-ff-rey\ as a boys' name is pronounced JEF-ree. It is of Old German origin. Variant of Jeffrey, probably meaning "peace". The name may also be a variant of Godfrey. Other possible derivations are from Germanic gawia "territory", walah "stranger" or gisil "pledge". Performer Geoffrey Holder; medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer; fashion designer Geoffrey Beene.
Geoffrey▼ has 23 variants: Geffrey, Geof, Geoff, Geoffery, Geoffroy, Geoffry, Geofrey, Jefery, Jeff▼, Jefferey▼, Jefferies, Jeffery▼, Jeffree, Jeffrey, Jeffrie, Jeffries, Jeffry▼, Jefry, Jeoffrol, Jephers, Jepherson, Jephrey and Jephry.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Galfrid.
Geoffrey▼ has 15 more alternative forms via Godfrey, Jeffrey: Geoffroi, Geofry, Giotto, Godefroi, Godfrey▼, Godfry, Godofredo, Goffredo, Gottfrid, Gottfried, Jefferson▼, Jeffy, Jeoffroi, Joffre and Joffrey.
Geoffrey is a very prominent first name for men (#368 out of 1220, Top 30%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#58257 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Geoffrey for boys. Geoffrey entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #210 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Godfrey, Jeff, Jefferey, Jefferson (#609 the previous year), Jeffery (#665), Jeffrey (#266) and Jeffry are the popular variation forms of Geoffrey listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.6081%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1825%, down 70%), with versions like Godfrey, Jefferey, Jefferson, Jeffery and Jeffry becoming somewhat dated. Jeffrey (#266) is the most trendy name for newborns among these. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Geoffrey and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)