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
1237 Gothefridus (nom) hennes-vol1 96
Belgium
Latin
1212x1213 Godefridus (nom) OvdFB 2; 1238 Godefridum (acc) ibid. 3, Godefridus (nom) ibid. 3; 1266 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 6
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
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; 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
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
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
937x993 Godaverti (gen) St-Bernard-Romans no. 80; 941x86 Godaverto (abl) ibid. no. 92; 941x986 Quodavertus (nom) ibid. no. 92; 957x991 Godaverto (abl) ibid. no. 81; 1031 Gotafredi (gen) ibid. no. 107, Gotafredus (nom) ibid. no. 107; a1089x1101 Godefridus (nom) CartStPC XXXIX; 1113 Gotefridus (nom) CartNDJosaphat II; 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; 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
Old French
1313 Godefroy Paris1313 p. 2
Middle French
1356 Godefroy SocAntNor-3-3 no. 15; 1418 Godefroy 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; 1086 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 61; 1112 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 26; 1136 Godefridi (gen) ibid. 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; 1174 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 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; 1253 Godofredi (gen) CDL-1.1.1 XXIV; 1259 Godefridus (nom) ibid. XXXI; 1260 Godefrido (abl) hennes-vol1 190; 1261 Godefridus (nom) ibid. 193; 1401 Gotfrido (dat) HD1401 no. 107
1180 Godinus (nom) quix-vol1 34; 1222 Godefridum (acc) quix-vol2 134
Middle High German
1293 Gotfrid (nom) UrkWitt-II 189, Goͤtfrit (nom) UrkHeil1 53
Early New High German
1429 Gottfrid (nom) mairhofer DCCXXXII
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Godafridi (gen) MunDocIr III, p. 7, Godafridus (nom) ibid. III, p. 6
Italy
Latin
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; 1376 Gotiffredo (abl) DouGen1 p. 23
Latvia
Latin
1290 Gotfrido (dat) RigSB 224; 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
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
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Godfrey". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Godfrey.