The name Jeffery ranked 355th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 118th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name first made its appearance on state popularity lists before 1993, but is becoming less commonly used. In some cases, it has fallen off the lists altogether.
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'').