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Recorded in many forms including Jeffry, Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jeffree, Jeffray, Jeffroy, Jaffrey, Jaffray, Geoffrey, and even Geoffroy, this is usually an English surname. It is however ultimately of French and German origins, being derived from a Norman personal name introduced into England by the invaders of 1066, and recorded in medieval times as Geffrey and Jeufroi. These names are themselves the result of a 'fusing' of several originally quite distinct pre 6th century Old German names such as Galfridus and Gaufridus from either "gala" meaning to sing, or "gawi" meaning a region, with the suffix "fridtha", meaning peace". The surname is very early in England and examples of recordings from the Chaucerian period include Walter Gefray, a witness at the Assize Court of Somerset in 1243, and Agnes Geffreys in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1283...

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