First name origin & meaning:
English: A worthy gift
First name variations: Giff, Giffard, Gifferd, Giffie, Giffy, Gyfford, Gyford
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name for someone from Giffords Hall in
Suffolk. It was originally named in Old English as Gyddingford
‘ford associated with Gydda’. Compare Giddens.
- English: possibly in some cases a variant spelling of Giffard, which
may derive from an Old German personal name, Gifard, or from a
Middle English nickname from Old French giffard
‘chubby-cheeked’, ‘bloated’ (a pejorative of giffel ‘jaw’,
‘cheek’, of Germanic origin).
Famous people with this last name:
Kathie Lee Gifford,
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