|Pronunciation||German pronunciation: [ˈɡɔtfʁiːt]|
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Gottfried is a masculine German given name. It is derived from the Old High German name Godafrid, recorded since the 7th century. The name is composed of the elements god- (conflated from the etyma for "god" and "good", and possibly further conflated with gaut) and frid- ("peace, protection").
The name was introduced to England by the Normans and became anglicized as Godfrey. The same name became Geoffrey in Middle French, which was in turn anglicized as Jeffrey. The Italian form is Goffredo.
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The given name Gottfried became extremely frequent in Germany in the High Middle Ages, to the point of eclipsing most other names in God- (such as Godabert, Gotahard, Godohelm, Godomar, Goduin, Gotrat, Godulf, etc.) The name was Latinized as Godefridus. Medieval bearers of the name include:
- Gotfrid, Duke of Alemannia and Raetia (d. 709)
- Godefrid (d. c. 720), son of Drogo of Champagne, Frankish nobleman.
- Godfrid Haraldsson (d. c. 856), Danish Viking leader
- Godfrid, Duke of Frisia (d. 885), Danish Viking leader
- Godfrey, Count Palatine of Lotharingia (d. 949)
- Godfrey I, Duke of Lower Lorraine (d. 964)
- Geoffrey I "Greymantle", Count of Anjou (d. 987)
- Geoffrey I, Duke of Brittany (d. 1008)
- Godfrey II, Duke of Lower Lorraine (d. 1023)
- Geoffrey II "the Hammer", Count of Anjou (d. 1060)
- Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine (d. 1069)
- Godfrey of Bouillon (Godefridus Bullionensis, Godefroy de Bouillon, d. 1100), Frankish knight and leader of the First Crusade
- Gottfried II of Raabs (d. c. 1137), burgrave of Nuremberg
- Gottfried of Admont (d. 1165), Benedictine abbot
- Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (d. c. 1181)
- Geoffrey of Clairvaux (d. after 1188), Cistercian abbot
- Godfrey of Viterbo (Godefridus Viterbiensis, c. 1120 – c. 1196)
- Geoffrey of Vinsauf (fl. 1200), medieval grammarian
- Gottfried von Strassburg (d. 1210), author of a Middle High German courtly romance
- Geoffrey of Villehardouin (d. c. 1212), knight and historian of the Fourth Crusade
- Gottfried von Hohenlohe (1265–1310), Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
A notable early modern bearer of the name is Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716).
Gottfried remains comparatively popular in Germany, ranking in the top 200 masculine given names.
- John Gottfried (1917–1980), Canadian politician.
- Martha Joy Gottfried (1925-2014), American landscape painter
- Gesche Gottfried (1785-1831), German serial killer
- Robert W. Gottfried (1926-2007), American entrepreneur.
- Martin Gottfried (1933-2014), American critic, columnist and author.
- Gilbert Gottfried (1955-), American comedian.
- Paul Gottfried (1941-), American professor.
- Richard Gottfried (1947-), American politician.
- Brian Gottfried (1952-), American tennis player.
- Mark Gottfried (1964-), American men's college basketball coach.
- Keith Gottfried (1966-), American lawyer.
- Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch (1856), 533.
- found to be at rank 135 with 11,738 entries in the German phonebook as of 2005 according to de:wikt:Verzeichnis:Deutsch/Liste der häufigsten männlichen Vornamen Deutschlands.
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