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Origin or Ethnicity
Its source is Godfrey, an English name meaning "Peaceful god."
This boy's name is used in English.
Nickname For: Geoffrey, Jeffery and Jeffrey
Alternative Spellings: Jef
The name Jeff ranked 120th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
Godfrey may not be the only source for this name, which could represent the convergence of a number of ancient name forms.
Among possible alternate sources are the Old German Waldfried (''governor'') and other Germanic names containing the elements gawia (''territory''), walah (''foreigner'') and gisil (''promise'').
American football player.
In African-American slang, ''Jeffing'' means to act subservient or stupid in order to achieve an objective.
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