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What does Jeff mean?

Jeff \j(e)-ff\ as a boys' name. Short form of Jefferson and Jeffrey. Used as an independent name in the 20th century. Actors Jeff Daniels, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Bridges.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Geoffrey.


Jeff has 27 related forms via Jefferson, Jeffrey: Geoff, Geoffrey, Geoffroi, Geoffroy, Geoffry, Geofrey, Geofry, Godfrey, Godfry, Gottfried, Jefery, Jefferey, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferson, Jeffersson, Jeffery, Jeffey, Jeffie, Jeffree, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffy, Jefry, Jeoffroi, Joffre and Joffrey.


Jeff is a very prominent first name for men (#120 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#22179 out of 88799, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Jeff for boys. Jeff reached its apex position of #55 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jeff name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jeff outside U.S.

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Jeff and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Jeff are Geoffrey, Godfrey, Jefferey, Jefferson (#609 last year), Jeffery (#665), Jeffrey (#266) and Jeffry. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become much less popular since, with forms such as Godfrey, Jefferey, Jefferson, Jeffery and Jeffry becoming somewhat outmoded. Jeffrey (#266) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Geoffrey, Godfrey, Jeff, Jefferey, Jefferson, Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jeffry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jeffrey outside U.S.

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Jeb. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jeff.