Well. That’s how it’s spelled. My dear mother was a bright woman with a particular love for linguistics, so certainly she intended the various consequences of giving a modern boy a Middle English pronunciation and a modern name.
In the interest of slowing the tides of /’dʒɛfri: ‘tʃɔːsər/, I’m going to start this blog. If it becomes popular enough, enough people will read this post to stop mispronouncing my name, making this not a complete waste of effort.
(For future notice: it’s /’gɑːf.ræj tʃɑ.ukʊr/.)
As a side effect, I will be able to use this blog to extoll the many-faceted virtues of those wondrous people in and out of power whose names we actually recognize.
(OOC: IPA and Great Vowel Shift from Wikipedia; Middle English from http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/resources/IOE/pronunciation.html and http://webpages.marshall.edu/~will2/chaucer.html)