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What does Jeff mean?

Jeff Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Geoffrey.



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RELATED FORMS VIA JEFFERSON, JEFFREY Geoff, Jefery, Jeffers, Jeffery, Jeffey, Jeffie, Jeffree, Jeffry, Jeffy, Jefry, Joffre



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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)

Jeff reached its apex position of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Jeff rated in the Top 2000 are Geoff, Geoffrey, Jefferson (#680 FROM RECENT DATA), Jeffery (#854), Jeffie, Jeffrey (#331), Jeffry and Joffre. Other variants, like Jeffy, are seldom used. These relations of Jeff were popular with parents 58 years ago (USAGE OF 2.4%) and have become much less common since (USAGE 0.1%, 96.2% 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 and Geoff. Other recommended sound-alike names are Biff, Duff, Je-, Jean, Jeb, Jed, Jedd, Jeffey, Jeffie, Jeffry, Jeffy, Jefry, Jeh, Jehu, Jem, Jeno, Jens, Jere, Jerk, Jess, Jet, Jeth, Jett and Raff. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jeff.