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For other uses, see Aubrey (disambiguation).
Gender feminine or masculine
Language(s) French
Meaning rules the elves
Other names
Variant form(s) Aubree, Aubrie

Aubrey is an English given name. It is most commonly a female name, although historically its use has been masculine. The name is a Norman French derivation of the Germanic given name Alberic, which consists of the elements alf "elf" and ric "power", with the meaning of "Fair Ruler of the Little People."[1] Before the Norman conquest, the Anglo-Saxons used the corresponding variant Ælf-rīc (see Ælfric).

An early female form is recorded as Aubrée and does not share the same etymology. It is instead 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 20th most popular name given to girls born in the United States in 2014.[2] The variants Aubree and Aubrie were the 61st most and 428th most popular given names for girls respectively. 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]



  • 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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