Dictionary of Medieval Names
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Geoffrey m. Tribal name Gaut 'Geat, Goth' or Old Frankish, Old German walh 'foreigner, stranger; slave' from Proto-Germanic *walhaz, from a Celtic tribal name, or Proto-Germanic *gaisa, *gaiza 'arrow' + Old High German fridu, Old Saxon frithu 'peace'.

Many different origins all developed into Middle French Geoffrey. Spellings in Gaucio- are influenced by Latin gaudium 'joy, delight'. This name is often confused with Godfrey. .

England
Latin
1155 Gaufridus (nom) FPD p. 121, fn. 1; 1183 Galfridus (nom) BoldonBuke p. 8; 1185x1186 Galfridi (gen) PR-XXXVI p. 5, Galfrido (abl) ibid. p. 5, Galfridum (acc) ibid. p. 11, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 1; 1189 Galfridi (gen) GASurv p. 128, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 79; c1198 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. p. 244; 1222 Galfridi (gen) StPaulDom p. 2; 1279–80 Galfridi (gen) WaHR-SK p. 28, Galfrido (abl) ibid. p. 26, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 25; 1296 Galfridi (gen) RCS-1 p. 96a, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 96a; 1300 Galfridi (gen) ProcSuf-vol3 p. 248, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 240, Geffrey (gen) ibid. p. 248; 1330 Galfridum (acc) PSS-CXIV 4d; 1340xc1450 Galffridi (gen) CovGuild-1 p. 4, Galfridi (gen) ibid. p. 1, Galfridus (nom) ibid. p. 7; 1348 Galfrido (abl) SocAntNor-3-3 no. 10; 1381 Galfridi (gen) FenPT-2 p. 9, Suffolk1381 p. 130, Galfrido (abl) ibid. p. 93, Galfridum (acc) ibid. p. 76, Galfridus (nom) FenPT-2 p. 8, Suffolk1381 p. 69, Geffrius (nom) ibid. p. 109; 1427 Galfrido (abl) WillsInv LIII; 1485–1486 Galfrido (abl) CovGuild-2 p. 48; 1559 Galfrydus (nom) StMartF p. 59
Middle English
1427 Geffray WillsInv LII; 1428 Gefori EEW p. 80
Early Modern English
1530 Geffrey LIWill-III p. 15; 1532–1533 Jeffrey CovGuild-2 p. 107; 1534 Jeffrey ibid. p. 131; 1538 Jeffrey BarnstapleBap p. 1; 1554 Geffery bruton-vol1 p. 26; 1562 Jeffery ibid. p. 32; 1563 Jeffery ibid. p. 111; 1564 Geffery Redruth-Co p. 6, Geoffery BUmar-vol9 p. 4; 1565 Jeffery bruton-vol1 p. 34; 1567 Geffry StAnthonlin p. 19, Jeffrey bruton-vol1 p. 36, Jeffry COmar-vol5 p. 3; 1568 Geoffery BUmar-vol9 p. 4, Jeffery bruton-vol1 p. 112, Jeffrey ibid. p. 37; 1572 Jeffery ibid. p. 40, Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 21, bruton-vol1 p. 6; 1573 Geoffrey BUmar-vol9 p. 5; 1580 Geffery SaxhamSf p. 3, Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv; 1581 Geferi SaxhamSf p. 57, Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv; 1582 Gefery SaxhamSf p. 3, Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv, Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 29; 1584 Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv, Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 30; 1585 Jefferie SaxhamSf p. 4; 1585/6 Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv; 1586 Jefferie SaxhamSf p. 57, Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 31; 1587 Jefferie SaxhamSf p. 4; 1588/9 Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv; 1588 Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 32; 1590 Jefferie SaxhamSf p. 4, Jeffery StMary-Ke p. iv, bruton-vol1 p. 50; 1591 Jefferie SaxhamSf p. 4, Jeffry BEmar-vol1 p. 14, StAnthonlin p. 35; 1592 Jeffery RegBisham p. 5; 1593 Jeffery DEmar-vol2 p. 27, Jeffrey ibid. p. 26, Jeffry StAnthonlin p. 36, Jeffrye COmar-vol5 p. 10; 1594 Jeffery RegBisham p. 5, StMary-Ke p. iv; 1597/8 Geffree RegFord p. 3, Jeffery RegBisham p. 6; 1597 Jeffrey CAmar-vol1 p. 6; 1598 Geoffrey BUmar-vol9 p. 10, Jeffrey bruton-vol1 p. 57, Jeoffrey ibid. p. 11; 1599 Geoffrey BUmar-vol9 p. 10
France
Latin
1029x1033 Gaufredus (nom) CartStPC XII; 1030 Jofredus (nom) StVdM-II 682; 1044 Gauzfredus (nom) ibid. 659; 1047 Goffredi (gen) CartNDSaintes I, Goffridi (gen) ibid. I, Goffrido (abl) ibid. II, Goffridus (nom) ibid. I; 1047x1061 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. XX, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XX; 1048 Gosfredus (nom) StVdM-II 737; 1049 Goffridus (nom) CartNDSaintes III; c1050 Jofredus (nom) StVdM-II 675; 1060 Goffredi (gen) CartNDSaintes XIX; 1061 Goffrido (abl) ibid. IV, Goffridus (nom) ibid. IV; 1065x1079 Gofredus (nom) StVdM-II 663; 1066 Gosfredus (nom) ibid. 698; 1067 Gaufridi (gen) CartNDSaintes XII, Gaufridum (acc) ibid. XI, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XII, Goffridus (nom) ibid. XI; 1067x1074 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XIII; a1072 Goiffridi (gen) NDParisII 1-XVI, Goifridus (nom) ibid. 1-XVI; 1075 Gauzfredus (nom) StVdM-II 732; 1079x1081 Gaufredus (nom) CartNDSaintes XXI; 1079x1101 Gaufrido (abl) CartStPC IX; 1094 Gaufredus (nom) StVdM-II 686; 1095 Goffredus (nom) CartNDSaintes V; 1101x1129 Gaufrido (abl) CartStPC XXVIII, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XVIII, Gausfrido (abl) ibid. XXXIII; 1102x1144 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. XLV; 1107 Gaufrido (abl) ibid. XVII, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XVII, Gausfridus (nom) ibid. XVII; a1108 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XXI; 1115x1149 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. X; a1116 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. XX, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XX; 1117 Gaufrido (dat) ibid. XI; 1122–1126 Gaufredi (gen) clairvaux-12thc 3; 1123 Gaufredi (gen) CartNDJosaphat XII; 1126 Gaufridus (nom) CartStPC IV; 1127 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. III, Gaufrido (dat) ibid. XIX, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XIX; 1130 Gaufrido (abl) ibid. VIII; 1135 Gaufridus (nom) clairvaux-12thc 7; 1138x62 Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 56; 1146 Gaufrido (abl) CartNDSaintes VIII; 1147 Gaufridi (gen) clairvaux-12thc 18, Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 14, Gaufridum (acc) ibid. 18, Gaufridus (nom) CartNDSaintes XXV, clairvaux-12thc 14; 1148 Gaufridi (gen) CartNDSaintes XXIV; 1151 Gaufridi (gen) clairvaux-12thc 23; 1153 Gaufrido (abl) CartNDSaintes IX; 1156 Gaufridus (nom) CartYonne1 CCCLXXXIII; 1157 Gaufridus (nom) clairvaux-12thc 32; 1158 Gaufredi (gen) StVdM-II 702, Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 702, Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 702, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 702, clairvaux-12thc 33; 1158x1170 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 138; 1160 Jofridi (gen) CartNDdOurscamp CXIV; 1162 Gaufridi (gen) clairvaux-12thc 39; a1163 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 96; 1163 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 99, Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 99, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 94, Giffredo (dat) ibid. 94; 1163–64 Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 106, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 106; 1164 Gaufridi (gen) CartNDdOurscamp C, Gaufrido (abl) clairvaux-12thc 120, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 120; 1166 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 129, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 129; 1167 Gaufrido (abl) CartNDSaintes X; 1168 Gaufridus (nom) clairvaux-12thc 134; 1172 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 147, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 147; 1174 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 160; 1179 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 177, Gaufrido (abl) ibid. 176, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 176; 1196 Gaufridus (nom) CartNDdOurscamp CXXXIX; 1207 Gaufridus (nom) ibid. CXXIX; 1222 Gaufridi (gen) NDParisII 2-XCI; 1256 Gaufrido (abl) ArrestReg-volI XII, Candlemas, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. XII, Candlemas; 1258 Gaufrido (abl) ibid. XIX, Candlemas, Gaufridum (acc) ibid. V, Pentecost, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. V, Pentecost; 1259 Gaufridi (gen) NDParisII 2-I, Gaufridus (nom) ArrestReg-volI XVIII, Pentecost; 1260 Gaufridi (gen) ibid. VIII, St. Martin, Gaufrido (abl) ibid. XII, Candlemas, Gaufridum (acc) ibid. XV, Ascension, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. X, Ascension; 1261 Gaufridum (acc) ibid. IX, BMV; 1280 Gaufrido (abl) NDParisII 1-LI, Gaufridum (acc) ibid. 1-LI, Gaufridus (nom) ibid. 1-LI; 1301 Gaufridi (gen) MemPic-vol17 p. 179, Guiffridi (gen) ibid. p. 210, Guifridi (gen) ibid. p. 230; 1318 Gaufridum (acc) StVdM-II 700; 1376 Guiffredi (gen) St-Bernard-Romans 383; 1378 Gauffrido (dat) hanquetvol1 357, Gaufridi (gen) ibid. 405, Gaufrido (dat) ibid. 128, Geffrido (dat) ibid. 784, Joffridi (gen) ibid. 864, Joffrido (dat) ibid. 864, Jofridi (gen) ibid. 677, Juffridi (gen) ibid. 1341
Old French
1296 Gefroi paris1296 p. 9; 1301 Guiffroy (obl) MemPic-vol17 p. 286; 1313 Geffroy Paris1313 p. 2, Geoffroy ibid. p. 12; 1327 Geffroy MemDocMan-2 p. 189, Geoffroy ibid. p.183, Gieffroy ibid. p. 175, Guiffroy ibid. p. 179
1296 Gefrin paris1296 p. 30; 1313 Geffrin Paris1313 p. 28
Middle French
1392 Geffroi MemBret-II col. 614, Geffroy ibid. col. 599, Gieuffroy ibid. col. 600; 1418 Gieffroy HGParis p. 379, Gieuffroy ibid. p. 376; 1421 Gieffroy favier 202, Gyeffroy ibid. p. 246; 1438 Gieffroy ibid. 498; 1562 Guefrot RegPCC-1 p. 16; 1564 Gieffroy ibid. p. 82, Jeffroy ibid. p. 75; 1565 Geffroy ibid. p. 163, Gieffroy ibid. p. 170, Jeffroy ibid. p. 124; 1566 Geffroy ibid. p. 213, Gieffroy ibid. p. 204; 1567 Gieffroy ibid. p. 307; 1568 Gieffroy ibid. p. 373; 1571 Gieffroy ibid. p. 440
1418 Gieffrin HGParis p. 388, Gieuffrin ibid. p. 372; 1421 Gieffrin favier 375; 1438 Gieffrin ibid. p. 285
Germany
Latin
1219 Goffridi (gen) hennes-vol1 36
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Galfridus (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 5
Early Modern English
1539/40 Galfrid Fiants-1 105; 1539 Geffre ibid. 75
Italy
Latin
967 Gausfredo (dat) RCI-Cam1 3; 1285 Iofredi (gen) Perugia1285 p. 156; 1326 Giufredi (gen) Friuli-14thC no. 442; 1376 Ioffredi (gen) DouGen1 p. 218, Ioffredo (abl) ibid. p. 40
Scotland
Latin
1095 Galfrido (abl) ESC XV; 1376 Galfrido (dat) morton-vol1 16
Spain
Latin
1006 Gaucefredo (abl) CDCB-XV MMCLXVI; 1016 Gotcefredus (nom) ibid. MMCLXXIII, Gothcefredus (nom) ibid. MMCLXXIII; 1022 Guifret (abl) ibid. MMCLXXVI; 1087 Gauzfredum (nom) ibid. MMCCV, Gauzfret (nom) ibid. MMCCV; 1192 Gaucefredi (gen) ibid. MMCCVIII, Guifredi (gen) ibid. MMCCVIII; 1490 Jaufridis (nom) carbonell-I p. 48
Catalan
1510 Jofre valencia1510 3217
Switzerland
Latin
1345 Joffredus (nom) Ob-SPVn (253)
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Geoffrey". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Geoffrey.