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What does Jeff mean?

Jeff /jeff/ as a boys' name is of Old German origin. Short form of Jefferson and Jeffrey. Used as an independent name in the 20th century. Actors Jeff Daniels, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Bridges.

Related boy names: Geoff and Geoffrey.


Jeff has 11 related forms via Jefferson, Jeffrey: Geoff, Jefery, Jeffers, Jeffery, Jeffey, Jeffie, Jeffree, Jeffry, Jeffy, Jefry and Joffre.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jaff, Joaff, ..

(female) Jeffi, Jeva, ..

How popular is Jeff?

Jeff is a very prominent first name for men (#120 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#23739 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Jeff for boys. Jeff reached its apex position of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #1598 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeff name in U.S.

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

Prominent alternative forms of Jeff (#1598 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000 are Geoff, Geoffrey (#1622 from recent data), Jefferson (#609), Jeffery (#665), Jeffie, Jeffrey (#266), Jeffry and Joffre. Other variants, like Jeffy, are seldom used. These relations of Jeff were popular with parents 54 years ago (usage of 2.4%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.1%, 94.8% less), with forms such as Geoffrey becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeff, Geoff, Geoffrey, Jefferson, Jeffery in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeffie, Jeffrey, Jeffry, Joffre in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jeff is alike in pronunciation to Geof. Other recommended names are Biff, Duff, Je-, Jean, Jeb, Jed, Jedd, Jeh, Jehu, Jem, Jeno, Jens, Jere, Jerk, Jess, Jet, Jeth, Jett and Raff. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jeff.