Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Norman personal name Godefrei,
Godefroi(s), composed of the Germanic elements god,
got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also
- Americanized form of Irish Mac Gothraidh or
Ó Gothraidh, patronymics from the Irish equivalent of
Godfrey (see 1 above), borrowed from the Vikings.
form of the French surname Godefroi, of the same origin as
- An Irish family of the name Godfrey originated in Romney, Kent. The
first of them to settle in Ireland was Colonel John Godfrey, who was
rewarded with lands in Kerry for his services in the 1641 rebellion.
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