Origin of Geoffrey
Old French aristocratic name, Geoffroi [dʒɔfreʲ] (> West Middle French Geoffrey, East Middle French Geoffroy), itself from Proto-French forms (latinized in -us) Jotfredus, Jozsfredus, Josfredus (10th century) and Jof[f]redus, Jofridus, Jaufredus, Geffredus (11th century), and ultimately of Germanic origin (*Gautfriþu or Gautfrid.). The name was introduced to Britain by the Normans. Original form and meaning is disputed—possible variant of Godfrey, but most likely that several similar names have fallen together.
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