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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jeff

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Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Jeffrey or Jeffery.

Jeff was also found in the following language(s): Manx

Notable Persons Named Jeff

Jeff Bezos is a founder, chairman & ceo of amazon.com, amazon.com, and chairman & ceo ofamazon.com. Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen on January 12th, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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Jeff Sessions is a 44th Attorney General of Alabama. His military service ended in 1986. Jeff was born on December 24th, 1946 in Selma, Alabama.

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Jeff Bridges is an actor, singer, producer, and composer. He has been prominent since 1950. Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Leon Bridges by his parents Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Bridges on December 4th, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Nero Hardy on August 31st, 1977 in Cameron, North Carolina.

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Jeff Goldblum is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1974. Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum on October 22nd, 1952 in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States. Jeff is also known as Goldblum and Jeffrey Lynn (full name).

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Jeff Buckley was an alternative rock, folk rock, soul music, and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Pump organ, Appalachian dulcimer, Percussion instrument, Bass guitar, Harmonica, Dobro, Mandolin, and Vocals. He holds the title Grace, Hallelujah, and So Real. He was most prominent from 1991 to 1997. Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Scott Buckley on November 17th, 1966 in United States. Jeff is also known as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead. He passed away on May 29th, 1997.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff is a hip hop music and contemporary r&b record producer, disc jockey, turntablism, and actor. He plays Phonograph. He was most prominent from 1985 to present. DJ was given the name Jeffrey Allen Townes on January 22nd, 1965. DJ is also known as Jazz.

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Angell. Jeff is a pop rock, hard rock, blues rock, and alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, vocals, and Gibson Les Paul Custom. Angell. was born on February 13th, 1973 in Tacoma, Washington.

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MC Jazzy Jeff is a rapper/musician, hip-hop recording artist, and rapping. He was most prominent from 1979 to 2002. MC was given the name Jeffrey Miree on July 7th, 1962 in The Bronx, New York, US. MC is also known as Jeffrey Miree.

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Sandra was born in 1967.

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Narcisse Jeff is a sports team member for the Violette AC.

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How popular is the baby name Jeff in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 66 0 66
1881 61 0 61
1882 81 0 81
1883 44 0 44
1884 74 0 74
1885 63 0 63
1886 63 0 63
1887 70 0 70
1888 93 0 93
1889 70 0 70
1890 77 0 77
1891 77 0 77
1892 62 0 62
1893 87 0 87
1894 64 0 64
1895 65 0 65
1896 62 0 62
1897 59 0 59
1898 60 0 60
1899 48 0 48
1900 69 0 69
1901 45 0 45
1902 47 0 47
1903 46 0 46
1904 71 0 71
1905 62 0 62
1906 59 0 59
1907 73 0 73
1908 65 0 65
1909 68 0 68
1910 83 0 83
1911 76 0 76
1912 134 0 134
1913 143 0 143
1914 165 0 165
1915 183 0 183
1916 186 0 186
1917 180 0 180
1918 198 0 198
1919 184 0 184
1920 207 0 207
1921 164 0 164
1922 206 0 206
1923 207 0 207
1924 186 0 186
1925 194 5 189
1926 159 0 159
1927 197 5 192
1928 178 0 178
1929 174 0 174
1930 177 0 177
1931 154 0 154
1932 157 0 157
1933 143 0 143
1934 122 0 122
1935 142 5 137
1936 128 0 128
1937 153 0 153
1938 187 0 187
1939 163 0 163
1940 279 0 279
1941 361 0 361
1942 424 0 424
1943 481 0 481
1944 471 0 471
1945 540 0 540
1946 764 0 764
1947 1,009 0 1,009
1948 886 0 886
1949 696 0 696
1950 539 0 539
1951 569 0 569
1952 659 0 659
1953 847 0 847
1954 978 0 978
1955 1,481 5 1,476
1956 2,219 0 2,219
1957 4,099 7 4,092 #96 boy name
1958 5,832 15 5,817 #68 boy name
1959 7,733 7 7,726 #52 boy name
1960 8,529 20 8,509 #49 boy name
1961 9,468 11 9,457 #49 boy name
1962 9,444 17 9,427 #44 boy name
1963 8,112 13 8,099 #48 boy name
1964 6,951 14 6,937 #52 boy name
1965 5,431 15 5,416 #62 boy name
1966 4,405 11 4,394 #72 boy name
1967 3,608 16 3,592 #88 boy name
1968 3,294 14 3,280 #90 boy name
1969 2,993 16 2,977
1970 2,891 9 2,882
1971 2,159 5 2,154
1972 1,545 5 1,540
1973 1,183 0 1,183
1974 981 5 976
1975 883 0 883
1976 754 5 749
1977 709 6 703
1978 644 0 644
1979 550 0 550
1980 544 0 544
1981 433 0 433
1982 429 5 424
1983 395 5 390
1984 365 0 365
1985 379 6 373
1986 349 6 343
1987 304 0 304
1988 327 5 322
1989 284 0 284
1990 249 0 249
1991 254 0 254
1992 221 0 221
1993 209 0 209
1994 213 0 213
1995 154 0 154
1996 156 0 156
1997 134 0 134
1998 135 0 135
1999 165 0 165
2000 164 0 164
2001 171 0 171
2002 161 0 161
2003 156 0 156
2004 162 0 162
2005 130 0 130
2006 140 0 140
2007 161 0 161
2008 142 0 142
2009 128 0 128
2010 113 0 113
2011 90 0 90
2012 78 0 78
2013 79 0 79
2014 99 0 99
2015 72 0 72
2016 58 0 58
2017 59 0 59

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Popularity of Jeff as a first name

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Popularity of Jeff as a last name

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Common last names for Jeff

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jeff U.S.
  White 43.52% 64.26%
  African American 34.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 12.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jeff

People with the last name Jeff are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Jeff

  • What name lists does Jeff rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jeff? Jeff is the 574th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jeff was the 25,115th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jeff have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 120,144 babies born with the first name Jeff in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jeff to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jeff? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 66 new born babies.
  • When was Jeff first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jeff is Friday, January 14th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Jeff born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jeff was in 1961 with a total of 9,457 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jeff!
  • Random Jeff Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jeff ranks 38th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 61 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Jeff: Your name in reverse order is Ffej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fjfe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jeff? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 988 people with the last name Jeff.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jeff? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jeff as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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