What Is the 'My Name Is Jeff' Meme?

Exploring one of the biggest memes to hit the once popular video app

'My Name's Jeff' Meme on Vine Screenshot

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The "My name is Jeff" meme is a funny quote spoken in a video scene, which spread like wildfire once it really caught on. If you spent any amount of time watching short looping videos on the Vine app anywhere from 2014 to the end of the app's last days in early 2017, you may have come across it. Users would typically insert the super short scene into their own videos for random comedic effect.

Unfortunately, Vine was shut down on January 17th, 2017, so the platform where this meme first took off isn't even available anymore. The meme really reached the height of its popularity in 2014, but you can still find this meme all over the place if you go looking for them.

The Origin of the 'My Name Is Jeff' Meme

This was one of those memes that comes from a popular scene in the movie 22 Jump Street where actor Channing Tatum tries extremely hard to fake a foreign accent but fails terribly and hilariously. It's a very short scene that's over in as little as a second, which is why it was perfect for inserting into Vine videos (which were limited to a maximum of six seconds). You can watch the clip on YouTube.

Links to a Few Popular Examples

Viners had a lot of fun with dubbing the "My Name Is Jeff" quote over clips of themselves, other movies, music videos and more. Even though Vine has been discontinued, you can still see some of the most popular Vine videos in the archive.

Here are a few popular examples you can check out, all of which have over one million loops:

Since Vine is no longer online, another great place to go looking for more of the "My name is Jeff" meme is on YouTube. Even if you do a simple search for "My name is Jeff," you'll come across everything from parodies of the scene to compilations of the best Vine memes. This particular Vine meme compilation on YouTube has over 5 million views!

The Spread of 'My Name Is Jeff' Far and Beyond Vine

Despite the fact that 22 Jump Street was released earlier on in the summer of 2014, the "My name is Jeff" meme only really picked up in popularity during the month of November. The meme was absolutely huge on Vine, but it definitely made its way to other social networks and almost anyone could find clips of it posted on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, and Instagram.

A 'My Name Is Jeff' Facebook page once had over 84,000 likes while a previous Twitter account had racked up over 40,000 followers (both Facebook page and Twitter account are no longer active). And if you go over to YouTube and type "My name is Jeff" into the search bar, you'll find thousands of results, many of which are titled "best Vine compilations" that include all the best vines put together conveniently in one video for you.

Now, years later, this meme is tired out from being shared by lots of people since it reached the height of its popularity long ago, but it certainly won't be forgotten so easily. Like all memes that are destined to fade out just as fast as they surge up from the depths of the Internet, the endless "My name is Jeff" Vine loops is memorable, but past its peak in the short-lived world of crazy, weird, hilarious internet memes.