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Jeffrey Family History

Jeffrey Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: from the common Middle English and Older Scots personal name Geffrey a borrowing of Old French Geuffrei Jeufrei Jefrei Gosfrei Jofrei. The principal source of the Old French forms was probably ancient Germanic Gautfrid from an ethnic name + frithu ‘peace’. It was commonly Latinized in early documents as Gaufridus or Galfridus but also as Goisfridus or Gosfridus. Anglo-Norman French Jofreith Jofrei lies behind the English surnames Joffrey and Joffray which are recorded in the late nineteenth century but may now be extinct.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Godfrey, Jerry, Jeff, Winfrey, Steffey, Jeffres, Jeffreys, Riffey

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Where is the Jeffrey family from?

You can see how Jeffrey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jeffrey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jeffrey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 587 Jeffrey families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Jeffrey's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Jeffrey families in 1891.
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What did your Jeffrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Jeffrey. 11% of Jeffrey men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Jeffrey women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jeffrey were Gardener and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Jeffrey. For the veterans among your Jeffrey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jeffrey lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Jeffrey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Jeffrey in 1942 was 71, and 74 in 2004.

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