Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning “Geat”, Old Germanic gawia meaning “territory”, walha meaning “foreigner, Celtic, Gaul”, or gisil meaning “hostage, pledge”. It’s also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning “peace of God”. Geoffrey is also an English surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Geoff

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic



  • Jeffrey (English)
  • Jeffery (English)
  • Jeffry (English)
  • Geffrey (English)
  • Joffrey (French)
  • Geoffroy (French)
  • Geoffroi (Medieval French)
  • Jofre (Catalan)
  • Gaufrid (Medieval Germanic)
  • Gisilfrid (Ancient Germanic)
  • Walahfrid (Ancient Germanic)
  • Galfridus (Latin)
  • Galfredus (Latin)
  • Galfrid
  • Galfred
  • Sieffre (Welsh)


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