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CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 3/26/2016
Meaning & History
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey
and in Old French as Je(u)froi
. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of Godfrey
, but early forms such as Galfridus
point to a first element from Germanic gala
"to sing" or gawi
"region, territory". It is possible that several originally distinct names have fallen together in the same form.