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Gender: Male Meaning of Jeffrey: "pledge of peace" Origin of Jeffrey: Spelling variation of Geoffrey Jeffrey's Popularity in 2017: #323

The name Jeffrey is a boy's name of German, English origin meaning "pledge of peace". Jeffrey is ranked #323 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Peace and discussed in our forums with posts like "How Old?".

From the experts:

The mostly Americanized version of Geoffrey was a trendy mid-century hit, with nickname Jeff the epitome of cool. Jeffrey entered the pop list in 1934 and was a Top 20 name from the mid-fifties to 1978.

There are lots of Jeffrey/Jeff namesakes to reference--Actors Jeff Bridges and Jeff Daniels, writers Jeffrey Archer and Jeffrey Eugenides and race car driver Jeff Gordon.

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Famous People Named Jeffrey

Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Gordon, American NASCAR driver
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley, American singer-songwriter
Jeffrey Jones, American actor
Jeffrey Steininger "Jeffree Star," American model, makeup artist and musician
Jeffrey Archer, English MP and novelist
Jeffrey Tambor, American actor
Jeffrey Combs, American actor
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, American actor
Jeffrey Eugenides, American novelist
Jeffrey Nero Hardy, American pro wrestler
Jeffrey Leonard "Jeff" Jarrett, American pro wrestler
Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor
Jeffrey Steele, American country music singer
Jeffrey Katzenberg, American founder of DreamWorks Animation
Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges, American actor
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, American serial killer
Jeffrey Johnson, Jr. aka Roscoe Dash, American rapper
Jeffrey Wright, American actor
Jeffrey Hunter, American actor
Jeffrey Osborne, American musician of R&B group L.T.D.
Jeffrey Michael Jordan, son of basketballer Michael Jordan
Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos, American founder and CEO of
Carlon Jeffrey, American actor; twin sister Carla Jeffrey
Jeffrey Hyman, birth name of American punk rock singer Joey Ramone
Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Goldblum, American actor
Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management, teaching courses on the global economy, and member of several corporate and philanthropic boards; husband of Food Network star Ina Garten
Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman, pastry chef and TV host; executive chef of Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes, featured in Food Network's "Ace of Cakes"

Pop Culture References for the name Jeffrey

Jeffrey Sinclair, character in the Babylon 5 TV series
Jeffrey "Jeff" Winger, character from TV series "Community"
Jeffrey Frank Spender, character from the TV series "The X-Files"
Jeffrey Tifton, character in Jeanne Birdsall's "The Penderwicks" books
Jeffrey Weitzman, character in movie "The Dream Team"
Jeffrey Alper, character in "After Ever After" by Jordan Sonnenblick
Jeffrey Campbell, fanfiction character from the prequel to "The Outsiders"

Jeffrey's International Variations

Sheary, Sheron (Irish) Gotfryd (Polish) Giotto, Geofredo (Italian) Godofredo, Gofredo, Fredo (Spanish) Frici, Gottfrid (Hungarian) Joffrey (Scottish) Jaffrez (Breton) Geoffroy, Geoffroi, Geoffrey, Jeoffroi, Jeffroi (French) Godoried (Romanian) Gottfried, Friedl (German) Siofrai, Séafra (Irish Gaelic) Gitfrid (Russian) Gotfrids (Latvian) Sieffre (Welsh) Searthra (Scottish Gaelic)


NetaMarie Says:


I prefer the Geoffrey spelling, but recently, for my kid's novel, Dalton's Last Stand, I tried out a new variation - Jeoffrey, and loved it.

ambercat Says:


It probably has to do with Jeffreys that I have known but Jeffrey sounds like the name of the guy who silently breaks wind in a crowded elevator and acts like it wasn't him, then laughs about it for days.

kitchi1 Says:


I used to really dislike this name, but it's growing on me. Especially "Jeff". I can see a punk being named Jeff. Joey Ramone, anyone?