Aubrey

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Aubrey
Gender masculine or feminine
Language(s) French
Origin
Meaning rules the elves

Of French origin, Aubrey results from the phonetical mutation of Alberic, which is a Germanic given name, meaning "Fair Ruler of the Little People."[1] The name Alberich is the German variant. The Anglo-Saxons used before the Norman conquest the corresponding variant Ælf-rīc (see Ælfric).

A female form is recorded as Aubrée and does not share the same etymology. It is derived from the Germanic Albereda or Alberada. It can be found in certain genealogies of the noble Norman families (See f. e. Aubrey of Buonalbergo).

The name is traditionally male, but is more commonly used as a feminine name in the United States. It was the 41st most popular name given to girls born in the United States in 2009.[2] It was last ranked among the top 1,000 most common names for boys in the United States in 2002. It was the 479th most common name for all males in the United States in the 1990 census.[3]

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Surname[edit]

  • Andrew Aubrey, Lord Mayor of London in 1339, 1340, and 1351
  • Emlyn Aubrey (born 1964), American professional golfer
  • James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. (1918–1994), American television and film executive; president of the CBS television network during the early 1960s
  • John Aubrey (1626–1697), archaeologist, antiquary and author
  • Juliet Aubrey (born 1969), English actress
  • Sam Aubrey (1922–2008), former basketball player and coach of Oklahoma State University

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