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Geoffrey

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EtymologyEdit

Old French aristocratic name, Geoffroi [dʒɔfreʲ] (> West Middle French Geoffrey, East Middle French Geoffroy), itself from Proto-French forms (latinized in -us) Jotfredus, Jozsfredus, Josfredus (10th century) and Jof[f]redus, Jofridus, Jaufredus, Geffredus (11th century),[1] and ultimately of Germanic origin (*Gautfriþu[2] or Gautfrid.[3]). The name was introduced to Britain by the Normans. Possible original form in Proto-Germanic *GautafriÞuz [1], with *Gauta "the Geat".

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Geoffrey

  1. A male given name. Popular in the U.K. in the 20th century.
    • 1879 Mary Elizabeth Shipley: Looking Back. page 98:
      "Were you not aware mamma had a son as well as three daughters?"
      "Yes, but I didn't know his name. I like Geoffrey; there's some sound in it."
    • 1996 Mary Higgins Clark: Let me Call You Sweetheart. ISBN 0671568175 page 207:
      Geoff grimaced, then smiled back, reminding himself that when his mother wasn't riding this horse, she was a very interesting woman who had taught medieval literature at Drew University for twenty years. In fact, he had been named Geoffrey because of her great admiration for Chaucer.
    • 2011 Sophie Hannah, Lasting Damage, Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 978 0340980651, pages 77-78:
      His full name is Benji Duncan Geoffrey Rigby-Monk. 'You're joking,' Kit said, when I first told him. 'Benji? Not even Benjamin?' Duncan and Geoffrey are his two granddads'names ― both unglamorous and old-dufferish, in Kit's view, and not worth inflicting on a new generation ― and Rigby-Monk is a fusion of Fran's surname and Anton's.

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  1. ^ Louis Guinet, Les emprunts gallo-romans au germanique (du Template:Ier à la fin du Template:s-), éditions Klincksieck, 1982.
  2. ^ GUINET
  3. ^ Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980, édition revue et commentée par Marie-Thérèse Morlet. p. 287b - 288a.