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What does Godfrey mean?

Godfrey Pronunciation of Godfrey as a boys' name is pronounced GAHD-free. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Godfrey is "God-peace". From the Old French name Godefroy, derived from Germanic god "god" (or gd "good") and fred, frid, frith "peace". Name of a twelve-century Norman saint, popular during medieval times, where the name was used interchangeably with Geoffrey. Godfrey of Bouillon was a medieval Frankish knight and Crusader leader of the First Crusade. The name of a valet in the 1936 comic film "My Man Godfrey". Also form of Jeffrey.


ASSOCIATED WITH peace, old, good, norman, saint, popular (famous), medieval, knight (warrior), leader, crusade (war)


VARIANTS Giotto, Gjord, Godefroi, Godefroy, Godfried, Godfry, Godofredo, Gofaridh, Goffredo, Goraidh, Gottfrid, Gottfried, Gyrd, Jul


RELATED FORMS VIA GEOFFREY Geffrey, Geoffroy, Geoffry, Geofrey, Jeffrey, Jeoffrey, Joffrey, Joffroy




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How popular is Godfrey?

Godfrey is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1159 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Godfrey reached its highest position of #677 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Godfrey appearing in the Top 2000 are Jeffrey (#331 FROM RECENT DATA), Corey (#469) and Geoffrey. Other variants, like Joffrey, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Godfrey was widespread 6 decades ago (AVERAGE #511) and has become significantly diminished since (#1200, DOWN 95%), with versions like Jeffrey falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Godfrey, Corey, Geoffrey, Jeffrey in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Alfrey, Andrey, Bodey, Codey, Correy, Courey, Cowrey (see Cowrie), Garey, Garrey, Gearey, Geofry, Gerrey, Godard, Godart, Godden, Godric, Gordy, Gore, Goren, Gorren, Grey, Guthrey, Humfrey, Jodey, Jophrey, Jorey, Kodey, Korey, Korrey (see Kory), Morey, Morrey, Ondrey, Rodney, Rorey, Torey and Torrey. These names tend to be more frequently used than Godfrey.

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