The majestic region of Dauphiné, in the French Alps, was the homeland of the prominent surname Geoffrion. The surname Geoffrion is derived from the given name Geoffrey. This makes Geoffrion a patronymic
surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Patronyms could derive from the name of an ancestor, a religious figure, or a prominent political figure. In this case, the surname Geoffrion means "son of Geoffrey."
Early Origins of the Geoffrion family
The surname Geoffrion was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where this eminent family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Geoffrion family
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Geoffrion Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Geoffre, Geouffre, Jeoffre, Jeffre, Jeouffre, Jeffres, Geoffres, Jeoffres, Jeouffres, Geouffres, Jeffres, Geffres, Cheffre, Chouffre, Cheffres, Chouffres and many more.
Early Notables of the Geoffrion family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy (1633-1694), French harpsichordist and organist; Étienne François Geoffroy (1672-1731), French apothecary and chemist; Claude Joseph Geoffroy (1685-1752), French apothecary, chemist and... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geoffrion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geoffrion family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Geoffray settled in Virginia in 1700; James Jeffres, aged 20, settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848; Mary Jeffres, aged 60, settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849..
Contemporary Notables of the name Geoffrion (post 1700)
- Blake Geoffrion (b. 1988), American professional NHL ice hockey player
- Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion PC (1843-1899), Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Verchères (1895-1896)
- Victor Geoffrion (1851-1923), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Chambly-Verchères (1900-1911)
- Daniel Geoffrion (b. 1958), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player
- Félix Geoffrion PC (1832-1894), Canadian notary and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Verchères (1867-1894)
- Joseph André Bernard Geoffrion (1931-2006), nicknamed Boom Boom, Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player and coach, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972
The Geoffrion Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: J'offre tout a la patrie
Motto Translation: I offer everything to the homeland