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Language(s)English French German
MeaningKing of the elves
Other names
Variant form(s)Aubree, Aubrie, Awbery[1]

Aubrey is traditionally a male English given name. The name is a Norman French derivation of the Germanic given name Alberic, which consists of the elements alf "elf" and ric "king" translating to "King of the Elves".[2][3][4] Before the Norman conquest, the Anglo-Saxons used the corresponding variant Ælf-rīc (see Ælfric).

The name Aubrey was brought to England following the Norman conquest of 1066 and the original bearers lived in a place planted with elder trees. [5]

Traditionally the feminine form of Aubrey is Albreda.[5] However, Aubrey is commonly used as a feminine name in the United States. It was the 20th most popular girls name in the United States in 2014.[6]



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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Coates, Richard; McClure, Peter (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-19-252747-9.
  2. ^ "Words, words, words…". 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford paperback reference. Oxford University Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. OCLC 67869278. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Aubrey - Boys name meaning". BabyCentre.
  5. ^ a b "Aubrey Name Meaning". House of names.
  6. ^ "Popularity of name". Social Security Administration.