Meaning and Origin of: Jeffrey

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old French : Peaceful

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey and in Old French as Je(u)froi. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form ofGodfrey, but early forms such as Galfridus andGaufridus point to a first element from Germanic gala‘to sing’ or gawi ‘region’, ‘territory’. It is possible that several originally distinct names have fallen together in the same form.