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Meaning and Origin of: Gifford

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : A worthy gift

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name for someone from Giffords Hall in Suffolk. It was originally named in Old English as Gyddingford ‘ford associated with Gydda’. Compare Giddens.
  • English : possibly in some cases a variant spelling of Giffard, which may derive from an Old German personal name, Gifard, or from a Middle English nickname from Old French giffard ‘chubby-cheeked’, ‘bloated’ (a pejorative of giffel ‘jaw’, ‘cheek’, of Germanic origin).

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