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This is such a cool name for a man, so strong and masculine - just like Geoffrey Rush! I'm so glad he is on the famous bearers/namesakes list. Go Aussies! The name really suits him too, and it is the best spelling. It also really goes nicely with his last name.
-- magiclozzachick  12/21/2005
Geoffrey, played by Joseph Marcell, was the butler on the sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
-- breakofday  12/22/2005
Geoffrey Rush played Barbosa in "Pirates of the Caribbean".
-- Dahlis  2/27/2006
It's much better than Jeffrey and Jeffery. Sadly, this name's popularity is dwindling.
-- Mithos514  3/17/2006
Geoffrey Jellineck (played by Paul Dinello) was a character in the short-lived sitcom "Strangers With Candy." He was a high school art teacher who had a not-so-secret affair with the history teacher, Chuck Noblet (played by Stephen Colbert).
-- Baraka  7/4/2006
Geoffrey Chaucer is a famous bearer.
-- Beornhild  10/11/2006
I think that Geoffrey is a wonderful name. I never really liked the name Jeffery, but when I heard of Geoffrey, I loved it. I think that is because of the way it is spelt. The traditional spelling is much more pleasing to the eye and interesting than Jeffery.
-- neverland4962  12/23/2006
My name is Geoffrey and I live in Holland. We pronounce this name in two versions:

1) Jeffrey (Djeffrey)
2) Geoffrey (Djoffrey)

But in Dutch the pronunciation of Geoffrey is 'Djoffrey' and not 'Djeffrey' (Jeffrey). This is because of the 'o' in the name.

For example: the name 'George', is pronounced as 'Djorge' and not as 'Djerge'.
So, it's very strange you pronounce Geoffrey and Jeffrey as the same name.

But in Holland Jeffrey is more common than Geoffrey, but of course I like my own spelling better.
-- Geoffrey Deejay  1/13/2007
My husband and I sought a fine name for our little boy that would be a nod to his English heritage, a pleasing reminder of our interest in English history (the Planatagenets) and literature (Geoffrey Chaucer) and a respectful reminder of a relative with a "G" name. Geoffrey was a handsome and historical name that perfectly fit the bill. Also, it's lovely that he's the only "Geoffrey" he knows.
-- Geoffreymom  2/23/2007
I prefer Geoffrey to Jeffrey. Jeffrey seems extremely unsophisticated to me, while Geoffrey I find quite the opposite.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2007
I was named Geoffrey by my fathers' Social Studies class. I grew up hating it! I was teased because of the spelling, being called "Geeeoff" or "Godfrey" or "George". And not just by fellow friends but by teachers as well (how educated and tactful they are huh?).

I was actually given "detention" at school and then 2 weeks being grounded at home for simply trying to change the spelling on my homework to keep from being teased! I grew up feeling that this name was a torturous curse. As I became aware of my individuality and uniqueness I slowly accepted the name.

When I became a "Chef" the name took on a whole new meaning. "Chef Geoff" then became "Geoffboyardee"! I'm having sooo much fun with this name now. MY NAME MEANS "GODS PEACE".
-- geoffboyardee  12/7/2007
Following the "G" line may indeed lead to Germanic roots, yet when following the "J" line, the history of the name leads back to the eldest son of Noah, Japhet. If you can manage to pronounce these letters as: jeffy, then you can see the relationship. The name becomes a feminine name as 'Yaffa', and a last name in 'Japhee'. The name make further travels into Espanol where 'jeffe' means Boss, Note the similarity of the homophone 'chief' to 'chef' to 'jeffe'
Additionally: chaperone, schaeffer, gaffer, and jeopardy.
The last being the greater clue in the mystery of names.
-- logophile  1/12/2008
I have always hated this spelling. It seems like pretentious people choose this ancient and nowadays illogical spelling of Jeffrey because they are so conservative that they can't tolerate any changes in spelling, and language in general. I say, be modern and spell it logically as Jeffrey! This just looks heavy and dated.
-- slight night shiver  5/25/2008
I have found the earliest use of "Geof", was the peagan word "Geofu". Which meams "Gift". Turned into the name in early Germania. As Christianity emerged it was not acceptable by Romans to consider any other child as a gift other than Christ. It was then changed to Geoffrey, meaning "Gifted one" eventually it's meaning lost, and spelling and pronuciation changed as Christianity became more prominant.
This explaination was provided to my mother in Germany before I was born and was the reason why she chose this name for me.
-- JC2008  6/22/2008
This name is indeed Norman, but you have the wrong derivation. It comes from giffre + roi = the eaglehawk of the king = the king's trusted messenger --- back in the days we were labeled by job or location (cooper, river, etc.)
-- iknowu  1/21/2009
I would spell my son's name Geoffrey and we would NOT call him Geoff. Geoffrey is a great name.
-- jennyferj99  4/15/2010
I can't believe no one has included Geoffrey the Giraffe yet. He's the Toys R Us Mascot. My favorite Geoffrey in the world as well!
-- Cynder  10/7/2010
I have an original character named Geoffrey. I, personally, love this name to bits and bites~. I could name every single living thing I own Geoffrey if I could.
-- boykun  3/6/2011
In Holland there are two versions:

1) Jeffrey (Djeffrey)
2) Geoffrey (Djoffrey)

But in Holland, France and even India the name is pronounced as 'Djoffrey' and not 'Djeffrey' (Jeffrey). This is because of the 'o' in the name.

For example: the name 'George', is pronounced as 'Djorge' and not as 'Djerge'.
So, it's very strange you pronounce Geoffrey and Jeffrey as the same name.

But if you want to keep it really simple: just 'Geo' will also do. It is short, simple and manly at the same time.
-- GeoDJ  7/9/2011
Must be my English roots that bring me to prefer this spelling to Jeffrey with a J.
-- mrose19  9/7/2011
Geoffrey Clark is a British abstract sculptor, designer and printmaker.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2011
I love this name. I dislike the variants like Jeffrey and Jeffery, but the original name reminds me of Geoffrey Chaucer and old-fashioned elegance.
-- sunshinechild67  2/20/2012
Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (1158-1186) was the fourth son of King Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine.
-- CarolinW  6/7/2012
The name Geoffrey was given to 119 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Whether it's spelt like this or the other way ("Jeffrey"), I don't really mind as it's such a nice name, honestly. (:
-- LoveHeartKawaii  4/14/2014
I'm American and was given the name Geoffrey on my birth certificate, but so few Americans know how to pronounce it correctly (kids and even some adults said "Joffrey" and "Jee-Off-ry") that we changed it to Jeffrey and Jeff when I was a child. Even I'm a bit confused when I see the British name "Geoff" (looks like Jee-Off at first) and realize it is pronounced "Jeff."
-- JeffHanna  7/17/2014

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