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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Aubrey

Aubrey is a traditionally male name that has become popular among parents for both boys and girls. The name is derived from the French variant Aubry, which is widely used as a name and a surname as well. Its origin can also be traced to the Old Germanic name Alberich, composed of the elements “alf” meaning “elf” and “rik” meaning “king.” The name Alberich has been derived from the Proto-Germanic elements “albiz” meaning “elf,” or “supernatural being” and “rikaz” meaning “chieftain,” or “ruler.” The female name Aubrey has been derived from the Old French name Aubre meaning “elf” or “magical being.”

The name Aubrey gained popularity in England after the Norman Conquest around the year 1066. In German mythology, Alberich, a variant form of Aubrey, is a dwarf featured in the poems Nibelungenlied and Ortnit. His name means “ruler of elves” and can be used as an equivalent of Auberon in Old French and Oberon in English. The name Oberon features as the King of Fairies in Renaissance literature and is best known as a character in “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.

The name Aubrey has multiple variations, such as Aubery, Aubury, Aubree,, Aubrette,, Aubriana, Aubrianne, Aubrie, Aubreigh, Aubry, Aubri Aubrianna and Aubre. The nicknames of Aubrey include Brie, Aub, Bri, Aubs, and Bree.

The name Aubrey was a popular boy name in England during the Middle Ages and became a prominent girl name in the 1970s after the girl named Aubrey in the famous song “And Aubrey was her name….” by the rock band “Bread” from the album “Guitar Man.” Aubrey Valentine is a popular fictional character appearing in the famous British soap opera “EastEnders.” He was once a member of the band “The Five Hectors.” Aubrey Flemming is the protagonist of the 2007 American psychological thriller “I Know Who Killed Me” and was portrayed by Lindsay Lohan.


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How To Pronounce Aubrey?


Famous People With The Name Aubrey

  • Aubrey PlazaAmerican actor, known for her role in “Parks and Recreation”
  • Aubrey Anderson-EmmonsAmerican child actor, known for her role in “Modern Family” as Lily
  • Aubrey MarcusAmerican experimentalist and the founder of Onnit
  • Aubrey MilesPhilippine actress, best known for her role in “Super Noypi”
  • George Aubrey FaulknerSouth African cricketer and fought in World War I

Aubrey On The Popularity Chart

Aubrey was a fairly popular name swooning the popularity charts in the 1990s. It is more popular as a girl’s name in the US than a boy’s name.

Popularity Over Time

As represented in the graph, Aubrey saw its peak popularity in 1985 when there were 233 babies per million being given the name. However, its popularity started declining in the late 1990s with a slight improvement after 2010.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In the first half of the 1980s, Aubrey scored fairly well in ranking. However, as the years passed, it lost in ranking before seeing a rise after 2010. Check the graph below to see the trend over the years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Aubrey

There are multiple variations of Aubrey you may consider for your baby. Here are some more alternatives for you to discover.

Names With Similar Meaning As Aubrey

You might want to look for a different name with the same meaning as Aubrey. Take a look at these options.

Name Numerology For Aubrey

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