THE PHONETIC SPELLING OF YOUR NAME POR FAVOR (HOW YOU PRONOUNCE)
- •That's it.
- •Otherwise known as Jeff.
- •Why is it Geoff you ask?
- •Well, in Medieval Latin there was a name Gaufridus.
- •It came from Old High German meaning "district of peace" (gewi + fridu).
- •Aside: The name Frederick also comes from the Old High German fridu + reich meaning peace rule. So my name and Frederick share a common root.
- •Anyway, the Latin Gaufridus became the Old French name Geuffroi.
- •The English name Geoffrey is first attested in the 11th century and comes from the French.
- •The Old French name was later sometime spelled Jeufroi or Jefroi instead.
- •And this was imported to English as Jeffrey.
- •So Jeffrey and Geoffrey really are the same name, with a common history.
- •But mine is more right 😉
- •And I like to imagine that if I lived in the time of the Roman Republic I would have been Gaufridus the Peaceful...
- •And my bust would be in some old building somewhere.