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Gofraidh name.svg
The Gofraidh variant in Gaelic type (the lenited d in the name, today rendered dh, once appeared in Irish orthography with a dot above it, as pictured).
Language(s)Old Norse
DerivationGuðfriðr, sometimes Guðrøðr
Other names
Variant form(s)Irish: Gofraidh;
Old Irish through Middle Irish and Middle Gaelic: Gofhraidh;
modern Scottish Gaelic: Goraidh, Goiridh
Cognate(s)Gottfried, Godefroy, Godfredus;
Godred, Guthred, Guthfrith Godredus
Anglicisation(s)Goffraid, Godfrey, Geoffrey

Gofraid is an Irish masculine given name, arising in the Old Irish and Middle Irish/Middle Gaelic languages, as Gofhraidh, and later partially Anglicised as Goffraid.[1]

Gofraid corresponds to the Old Norse Guðfriðr,[2] cognate with Gottfried or Godfredus, and Galfrid or Galfridus. Gofraid/Gofhraidh was sometimes also used for Guðrøðr[3] (partially Anglicized as Godred, Guthred, or Guthfrith, Latinised as Godredus).

Gofraid can be Anglicised as Godfrey[4] or Geoffrey.[5]

The lenited variant spelling Gofraidh (or Gofraiḋ, with a diacritic in the older Irish orthography, especially in Gaelic type), was influenced by the Old French Godefroy.

Goraidh and, less commonly, Goiridh are equivalents in the Scottish Gaelic language (from Guðrøðr).

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 349, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  2. ^ Byrne, Francis John (2008), "Ireland before the battle of Clontarf", in Ó Cróinín, D (ed.), Prehistoric and Early Ireland, A New History of Ireland, 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 632, ISBN 978-0-19-821737-4
  3. ^ Downham, Clare (2007), Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ívarr to A.D. 1014, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, p. 3, ISBN 978-1-903765-89-0
  4. ^ Sellar, W. D. H. (2000), "Hebridean Sea Kings: The Successors of Somerled, 1164-1316", in Cowan, Edward J.; McDonald, R. Andrew (eds.), Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages, East Linton: Tuckwell Press, p. 187, ISBN 1-86232-151-5
  5. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 715, ISBN 0-203-22259-8