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Ruler of the elves
Characteristics of Aubrey
Etymology & Historical Origin - Aubrey
Aubrey started out as a masculine name. The Old French-Norman Auberi arrived in England in the 11th century by way of the Norman Conquest of 1066; it originated from the Old High German Alberich meaning “ruler of the elves”, from the Germanic *Alb(e)rada” (elf counsel). The name Alberich appears in Germanic mythology as the fair-haired King of the Elves. Elves (sometimes interchangeable with dwarfs and fairies) featured prominently in early Germanic/Nordic mythology; they possessed certain magical powers which could be used to either help or hinder the progress of humans (although the little devils evolved with more sinister powers in later folklore). In the Middle High German mythological poem “Nibelungenlied”, Alberich appears as King of the Elves. He’s portrayed as a magical dwarf whose chief responsibility is to guard the treasures of Nibelungen (entrusted to him by Siegfried). He was defeated by Siegfried in battle and was forced to give up his magical cloak of invisibilty. After swearing an oath of loyalty to Siegfried, Alberich continued on as keeper of the treasure. Many scholars believe Alberich served as a model for slews of dwarf/elf characters that would follow in later mythologies. In fact, Shakespeare’s character Oberon (king of the faeries) from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was inspired by Alberich. Aubrey became a relatively common masculine name in England in the later Middle Ages but eventually diminished in usage until a 19th century revival. It abruptly appeared on the American female naming charts in 1973, largely inspired by a hit pop-song called “Aubrey” (by the band Bread). Soon enough, Aubrey’s success as a girl’s name eclipsed its popularity for boys. Today Aubrey is considered mostly female and used mainly in the United States and Canada.
Popularity of the Name Aubrey
Technically unisex, we are calling Aubrey a female name because it hasn’t been in use for boys in the United States since 2002, and it’s doubtful we’ll see its return now that parents have successfully hijacked the name for their daughters. Aubrey (for boys) saw the peak of its success about a hundred years ago (which wasn’t much to write home about). The increased usage of the name for girls probably over-feminized the name and made it proportionately less attractive to parents when naming sons. Interestingly, the name Aubrey was first used as a girl’s name in 1973. The influence came from a popular song called “Aubrey” released in 1972 by the rock band Bread. The song stayed on the Top 100 charts for eleven straight weeks (peaking at #15) and opens up with the lyrics: “And Aubrey was her name / A not so ordinary girl or name.” Today, the name is a little bit more ordinary, since it has climbed over 900 positions on America’s Top 1000 list since the song was released! Parents today probably no longer remember the groovy 70s ballad; they just remember the name. And a pretty one she is!
Popularity of the Girl Name Aubrey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Aubrey
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Aubrey
Aubrey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Aubrey.
Popular Songs on Aubrey
Aubrey - a song by Bread
Aubrey - also recorded by Perry Como
Children's Books on the Baby Name Aubrey
Love, Aubrey (Suzanne LaFleur) - Love, Aubrey is the story of eleven-year-old Aubrey, who finds herself living all alone. It’s okay, for a while. She buys plenty of Spaghetti-O’s to eat and a pet fish to keep her company. While Spaghetti-O’s and pet fish are both wonderful things, sometimes even the strongest people find they need a little more. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Community Club: #1 Aubrey and the Fight for Life (Shannon Simmons) - Aubrey Addison envisions what would happen if someone in her school was diagnosed with cancer. What she doesn't know is that her daydream is absolutely true. Cynthia Hale was diagnosed with cancer more than a year and a half ago. Now her family is sure they can't afford the therapy she needs to survive. Luckily, Aubrey's club, the Community Club, is all about helping people. They feel sure they can help their new friend out. But reality soon sinks in. The girls are just kids, and this is a huge responsibility. There's a possibility that they won't be able to raise the money in the short amount of time. What would happen then? Would Cynthia find the money, or would she be unable to survive? Why does this situation have to be life or death? And most importantly, why is everyone assuming that things are going to be alright? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Aubrey
Famous People Named Aubrey - Aubrey Huff (baseball player); Aubrey Thomas de Vere (Irish poet); Aubrey Drake Graham (musician); Aubrey O'Day (singer); Aubrey Plaza (actress/comic)
Children of Famous People Named Aubrey
Famous People who Named their Child Aubrey - Bob Saget (actor/comic); Kelly Packard (actress)
Aubrey - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Aubrey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Aubrey.
Personality of the Girl Name Aubrey
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Aubrey