Meaning and Origin of Godfrey - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Godfrey

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • German : Peace
  • German : God's peace
  • Old French : Peaceful

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : from the Norman personal name Godefrei, Godefroi(s), composed of the Germanic elements god, got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also Jeffrey.
  • Americanized form of Irish Mac Gothraidh or Ó Gothraidh, patronymics from the Irish equivalent of Godfrey (see 1 above), borrowed from the Vikings.
  • Americanized form of the French surname Godefroi, of the same origin as 1.
  • An Irish family of the name Godfrey originated in Romney, Kent. The first of them to settle in Ireland was Colonel John Godfrey, who was rewarded with lands in Kerry for his services in the 1641 rebellion.