Meaning and Name Origin
Jeffrey \j(e)-ff-rey\ as a boys' name is pronounced JEF-ree. It is of Old German origin. Probably refers to "peace". Variant of Geoffrey. The three-syllable alternate spelling Jeffery (JEFF-er-ree) has been used since medieval times. Race-car driver Jeff Gordon.
Jeffrey▲ has 24 variants: Geoff, Geoffrey▼, Geoffroi, Geoffroy, Geoffry, Geofrey, Geofry, Godfrey▼, Godfry, Gottfried, Jefery, Jeff▼, Jefferey▼, Jefferies, Jefferson▼, Jeffery▼, Jeffree, Jeffries, Jeffry▼, Jeffy, Jefry, Jeoffroi, Joffre and Joffrey.
Jeffrey is a very prominent first name for males (#30 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3006 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Jeffrey for boys. Jeffrey entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #10 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #266 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Jeffrey and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Jeffrey (#266 in 2014) are Jefferson (#609 in 2014), Jeffery (#665), Jeffry, Jefferey, Godfrey, Jeff and Geoffrey. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now significantly less widespread, with versions like Jeffery, Jefferson, Jeffry, Jefferey and Godfrey falling out of fashion. Jeffrey (#266) is the most chic name for newborns here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Jeffey. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jeffrey.