Geoffroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The majestic region of Dauphiné, in the French Alps, was the homeland of the prominent surname Geoffroy. The surname Geoffroy is derived from the given name Geoffrey. This makes Geoffroy 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 Geoffroy means "son of Geoffrey."

Early Origins of the Geoffroy family

The surname Geoffroy 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 Geoffroy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geoffroy research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1060, 1072, 1256, 1633, 1672, 1685, 1693, 1694, 1731, and 1752 are included under the topic Early Geoffroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geoffroy Spelling Variations

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 Geoffroy 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...
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Geoffroy Ranking

In France, the name Geoffroy is the 368th most popular surname with an estimated 11,297 people with that name. [1]

United States Geoffroy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geoffroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Geoffroy, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1852 [2]
Geoffroy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Geoffroy, aged 50, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1910
  • Amelia Geoffroy, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1911
  • Albert Geoffroy, aged 29, who settled in America from Le Havre, France, in 1923
  • Armand Geoffroy, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Geoffroy (post 1700) +

  • Julien Louis Geoffroy (1743-1814), French literary critic
  • Étienne Louis Geoffroy (1725-1810), French entomologist
  • Claude François Geoffroy (1729-1753), French chemist, discoverer of bismuth
  • Geoffroy Messina (b. 1982), French rugby union footballer
  • Geoffroy Roulin, Quebec City, Canada

The Geoffroy 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

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook