Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Godfrey m. Old High German, Old Dutch got, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old English god 'god, deity' + Old High German fridu, Old Saxon frithu 'peace'.

Often confused with Geoffrey.

Austria
Latin
1074x1087 Gotfrid (nom) UrkStyria 77; c1075 Gotifrid (nom) ibid. 78; c1100 Gotefridus (nom) ibid. 92, Gotfrit (nom) ibid. 89; c1120 Gotfridus (nom) ibid. 104; c1128 Gotfrid (nom) ibid. 118a; 1237 Gothefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 96
Belgium
Latin
1212x1213 Godefridus (nom) OvdFB 2; 1238 Godefridum (acc) ibid. 3, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 3; 1256 Godefridus (nom) OHZI-II no. 13; 1266 Godefridus (nom) OvdFB 6
Middle Dutch
1336 Ghodevert (nom) RSG1336-39 p. 1, Godeverde (obl) ibid. p. 2
Dutch
1597x1598 Godefroid BoonenGes p. 324, Godefroidt ibid. p. 385, Goevaerd ibid. p. 371, Govaert ibid. p. 328
Old French
14thC Godefroys (nom) AnNam p. 143
Middle French
1351 Godeffroit AnNam p. 144
Brabant
Latin
1312 Godefridi (gen) JeanIII p. 41, Godefridum (acc) ibid. p. 17, Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 6
Czech Republic
Latin
1379 Gotfridus (nom) LDFPUP1 p. 10; 1382 Gotfridus (nom) ibid. p. 11; 1404 Gotfridus (nom) ibid. p. 21
England
Latin
1155 Godefridus (nom) FPD p. 121, fn. 1; 1185x1186 Godefridus (nom) PR-XXXVI p. 16; 1189 Godefridi (gen) GASurv p. 234, Godefridum (acc) ibid. p. 174, Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 77; c1198 Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 245; 1222 Godefridi (gen) StPaulDom p. 53, Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 3; 1299 Godefridus (nom) ComWil-vol1 p. 2; 1321 Godefridi (gen) EL-2 p. 121, Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 121; 1327 Godefrido (abl) SaxhamSf p. 111, Godfrido (abl) ibid. p. 111; 1340xc1450 Godefridus (nom) CovGuild-1 p. 9; 1341 Godefridus (nom) SaxhamSf p. 111; 1381 Godefridus (nom) Suffolk1381 p. 102; 1558 Godefridus (nom) Chst-1 p. 9, Godfridi (gen) ibid. p. 9; 1558/9 Godfridus (nom) ibid. p. 10; 1559 Godfridus (nom) ibid. p. 10; 1560 Godfridus (nom) ibid. p. 10; 1564 Godfridus (nom) ibid. p. 11; 1575 Godfridus (nom) ibid. p. 12
Anglo-French
1321 Godefray EL-2 p. 118
Dutch
1580 Govards (gen) AuFr Engelborcht; 1581 Govert ibid. Gast; 1582 Godefridus ibid. Engelborch, Gottfre ibid. Gast; 1583 Govards (gen) ibid. Engelborch; 1584 Govardt ibid. Gast; 1585 Godefroit ibid. Gast, Govart ibid. Engels; 1588 Godefroy ibid. Gast, Govaert ibid. Engelsch; 1590 Godefroy ibid. Engels, Govart ibid. Bracht; 1593 Govaert ibid. Bracht
Early Modern English
1530 Godfrey LIWill-III p. 54; 1542/3 Godffrey SIAcc 3
Middle French
1357 Godefrey SocAntNor-3-3 no. 20
Walloon
1583 Godefroy RWC p. 7
Estonia
Middle Low German
1364 Godeke BbRT p. 334; 1438 Ghodeke ibid. p. 361; 1440 Godeke ibid. p. 362; 1442 Goteke ibid. p. 365
France
Latin
780 Godofredus (nom) CartNoaille I; 937x993 Godaverti (gen) St-Barnard-Romans no. 80; 941x86 Godaverto (abl) ibid. no. 92; 941x986 Quodavertus (nom) ibid. no. 92; 957x991 Godaverto (abl) ibid. no. 81; 1030x1031 Godfredi (gen) CartNoyers I, Gozfredi (gen) ibid. I; 1031 Gotafredi (gen) St-Barnard-Romans no. 107, Gotafredus (nom) ibid. no. 107; 1032x1100 Godefridus (nom) LDS LXV; a1089x1101 Godefridus (nom) CartStPC XXXIX; 1108 Gotafredus (nom) St-Barnard-Romans no. 155; 1133 Godefridi (gen) CartNDdOurscamp XXX; 1138x62 Godefridus (nom) clairvaux-12thc 56; 1138x1148 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 21; 1143 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 10, Godofrido (abl) ibid. 10; 1143x1146 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 12; 1145 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 11; 1147 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 14, Godefrido (abl) ibid. 16, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 14; 1147x1153 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 26; 1147x1158 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 34; 1147x1161 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 38; 1147x1162 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 42; 1152x1156 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 31; 1154 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 28; 1155 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 30; 1159 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 36; 1162 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 39; a1163 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 97; 1163 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 99, Godefrido (abl) ibid. 104, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 95; 1164 Godaefridus (nom) ibid. 121; 1172 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 150; c1175–1180 Godefridi (gen) ChartCaen2 p. 70, Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 68; 1206 Godefridus (nom) NDParisII 2-LXIX; 1378 Godefredus (nom) hanquetvol1 2382, Godefridi (gen) ibid. 916, Godefrido (dat) ibid. 238, Godefridum (acc) ibid. 1839, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 815, Godiffreti (gen) ibid. 1792, Gotfrido (dat) ibid. 200
c823 Godinus (nom) irminon-vol2 10, Gaugiacum
Old French
1313 Godefroy Paris1313 p. 2
Middle French
1356 Godefroy SocAntNor-3-3 no. 15; 1418 Godefroy DdB1418 p. 203, HGParis p. 379; 1421 Godeffroy favier 154; 1423 Godefroy ibid. 62
Germany
Latin
822x875 Goddefrit (nom) TradCorb §5, Godfrido (abl) ibid. §107, Godufrith (nom) ibid. §79; 941 Gotefrid (nom) quix-vol1 11; 1042 Gotifredi (gen) UrkStyria 52, Gotifredo (dat) ibid. 52, Gotifret (nom) ibid. 52; 1045 Gotefridi (gen) ibid. 55; 1048 Gotefridi (gen) ibid. 56; 1086 Godefridi (gen) quix-vol1 61; 1112 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 26; 1114 Godefridi (gen) UrkStyria 100b, Gotfridi (gen) ibid. 99; 1136 Godefridi (gen) quix-vol1 80, Godefrido (abl) ibid. 80, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 98; 1138 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 28; 1142 Gotefrit (nom) mairhofer I; 1147 Godefridus (nom) quix-vol1 29; 1153 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 30; 1155x1190 Gotfridus (nom) ibid. 53; 1165 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 93; 1173 Godefridus (nom) UrkMeck1 no. II; 1174 Godefridus (nom) quix-vol1 32; 1180 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 34; 1185 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 36, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 37; 1194 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 54; 1208 Godefridus (nom) quix-vol2 124; 1211 Godefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 11, Gotefridus (nom) ibid. 11; 1214 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 15; 1216 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 22; 1218 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 30, Gotfridus (nom) ibid. 35; 1219 Godefridi (gen) quix-vol1 73, Godefrido (abl) hennes-vol1 37, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 40, Gotfridi (gen) ibid. 43; 1222 Godefridus (nom) quix-vol2 132; 1225 Godefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 67; 1229 Goddefrido (abl) ibid. 77, Godefridus (nom) UrkMeck1 no. XVI; 1238 Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XXI; 1239 Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XXIV; 1241 Ghodefridus (nom) ibid. no. XXX, Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XXVIII; 1248 Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XXXVI; 1251 Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XL; 1252 Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. XLV; 1253 Godofredi (gen) CDL-1.1.1 XXIV; 1257 Godefridus (nom) UrkMeck1 no. L; 1259 Godefridus (nom) CDL-1.1.1 XXXI; 1260 Godefrido (abl) hennes-vol1 190; 1261 Godefridi (gen) UrkMeck1 no. LIII, Godefridus (nom) ibid. no. LIII, hennes-vol1 193; 1264 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 200; 1273 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 227, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 226; 1274 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 232, Godefrido (abl) ibid. 232; 1275 Godefridum (acc) ibid. 244, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 244; 1276 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 249; 1277 Godefrido (abl) ibid. 254, Gotfridus (nom) ibid. 256; 1281 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 279, Godefrido (abl) ibid. 279, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 279; 1282 Godefrido (abl) LDS 281, hennes-vol1 282; 1283 Godefridus (nom) UrkMeck1 no. LXXVIII; 1284 Godefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 297; 1286 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 302; 1289 Godefrido (dat) ibid. 316, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 316; 1289x1298 Godefridi (gen) UrkMeck1 no. XCIX; 1293 Godefridi (gen) hennes-vol1 326; 1295 Godefridi (gen) UrkMeck1 no. XCIII; 1303 Gotfridus (nom) BremUrk2 no. 26; 1310 Ghotfridi (gen) VFBStralsund 10; 1401 Gotfrido (dat) HD1401 no. 107
1180 Godinus (nom) quix-vol1 34; 1222 Godefridum (acc) quix-vol2 134; 1309 Godeko (nom) VFBStralsund 16; 1313 Godekini (gen) ibid. 31, Godekino (nom) ibid. 31, Godekinum (acc) ibid. 31, Godeko (nom) ibid. 31; 1323 Gotekinum (acc) ibid. 99; 1324 Godeke (nom) ibid. 85
Middle High German
1293 Gotfrid (nom) UrkWitt-II 189, Goͤtfrit (nom) UrkHeil1 53
Early New High German
1429 Gottfrid (nom) mairhofer DCCXXXII
Middle Low German
1304 Godeke (nom) BremUrk2 no. 38
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Godafridi (gen) MunDocIr III, p. 7, Godafridus (nom) ibid. III, p. 6
Italy
Latin
1113 Gotefridus (nom) CartNDJosaphat II; 1226 Gotfridus (nom) hennes-vol1 70; 1236 Gotefredi (gen) TirNot1 6, Gotefredus (nom) ibid. 8; 1237 Gotefredus (nom) ibid. 586; 1245 Godefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 120; 1265x1339 Codeferri (gen) BBC-Berg 425; 1376 Gotiffredo (abl) DouGen1 p. 23
Latvia
Latin
1290 Gotfrido (dat) RigSB 224; 1291 Gotfrido (dat) ibid. 637; 1295 Godfrido (dat) ibid. 765; 1296 Godfrido (dat) ibid. 382; 1302 Gotfrido (dat) ibid. 93
1291 Godekino (dat) RigSB 26; 1299 Godekino (dat) ibid. 365; 1300 Godike (dat) ibid. 404; 1301 Godekino (dat) ibid. 432; 1307 Godeken (dat) ibid. 945
The Netherlands
Latin
1268 Godefridi (gen) GesOIJ-1 p. 295; 1291 Godefridi (gen) ibid. p. 297; 1297 Godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 297; 1324 godefridus (nom) ibid. p. 299
Poland
Latin
1251 Gotfridus (nom) hennes-vol1 141
Spain
Latin
1019 Godafre (nom) CDCB-XV MMCLXXIV
Sweden
Early Modern Swedish
1585 Govert (nom) HGS p. 159
Switzerland
Latin
1297 Godofredus (nom) MHCG2 456
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Godfrey". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2019, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2019/1/name/Godfrey.