Jeffrey Family History
Jeffrey Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from the common Middle English and Older Scots personal name Geffrey a borrowing of Old French Geuffrei Jeufrei Jefrei Gosfrei Jofrei. The principal source of the Old French forms was probably ancient Germanic Gautfrid from an ethnic name + frithu ‘peace’. It was commonly Latinized in early documents as Gaufridus or Galfridus but also as Goisfridus or Gosfridus. Anglo-Norman French Jofreith Jofrei lies behind the English surnames Joffrey and Joffray which are recorded in the late nineteenth century but may now be extinct.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press