Type Surname (from location)
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 3/26/2016
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 and Gaufridus 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.