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Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Godafrid, which meant "peace of god" from the Germanic elements god "god" and frid "peace". The Normans brought this name to England, where it became common during the Middle Ages. A notable bearer was Godfrey of Bouillon, an 11th-century leader of the First Crusade and the first ruler of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
VariantsGeoffrey, Jeffrey
Other Languages & CulturesGodafrid Ancient Germanic Guðfriðr Ancient Scandinavian Jofre Catalan Godfried Dutch Geoffroy, Godefroy, Geoffrey, Joffrey French Gottfried German Gofraidh, Séafra, Siothrún Irish Goffredo, Fredo Italian Geoffroi Medieval French Gjord, Gjurd Medieval Scandinavian Godtfred, Gjurd Norwegian Godofredo Portuguese Goraidh Scottish Godofredo Spanish Gottfrid, Gjord Swedish Sieffre Welsh


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Entry updated February 12, 2018   Contribute