Godfrey - Meaning of Godfrey
[ 2 syll. god-frey, go-dfr-ey ] The baby boy name Godfrey is pronounced GAADFRiy- †. Godfrey's language of origin is Germanic, and it is predominantly used in English and German. Godfrey's meaning is 'God's peace'. It is a two-element biblical name derived from god ; fridu meaning 'peace, protection, safety'. Godafrid (Germanic) is an older form of the name. The name was introduced by the Normans to England in the 11th century, and it was popular during the Middle Ages. The name was borne by various saints.
In addition, Godfrey is a variation (German) of Jeffrey (English).
The name Godfrey is widely used; it has 32 variations that are used in English and foreign languages. English variations include Giotto, Gjord, Goddfree, Goddfrey, Godefrei, Godefroi, Godfred, Godfree, Godfreid, Godfrid, Godfrith, Godfry, Godfryd, Godofredo, Godoired, Godrey, Gofraidh, Gofred, Gofredo, Gofreid, Gofrid, Gofried, Gofryd, Gorry, Gothfraidh, and Gottfrid.
See also the related form, Geoffrey (English and German).
Godfrey is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1906, 0.010% of baby boys were named Godfrey. It ranked at #658 then. The baby name has since dropped in popularity, and is currently of only very light use. In 2012, within the group of boy names directly related to Godfrey, Jeffrey was the most widely used.
Baby names that sound like Godfrey include Godfree, Godfry, Goddfree, Goddfrey, Godefroi, Godefroy, and Godefrei.
† Pronunciation for Godfrey: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"