Girl Baby Name

Audrey

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Quick Facts on Audrey

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 32
Pronunciation:
AW-dree
Simple meaning:
Noble strength

Characteristics of Audrey

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Audrey

The name Audrey originates from an Old English female first name Ǽðelprðy which, broken apart, means “æðel” (noble) and “pryð” (strength). The Old English name is borne by a popular 7th century saint commonly known as Etheldreda (Latinized form of Ǽðelprðy) or simply by the pet form, Audrey. St. Audrey (as she is commonly known) maintained her virginity through two marriages, ultimately escaping the advances of her second husband and founded an abbey where she lived out her life devoted to Christianity. The name was popular in the Middle Ages and used by Shakespeare in his 1623 comedy, “As You Like It.” Ultimately, the name fell out of favor but was revived again in the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Audrey

The name Audrey has maintained relatively moderate success for over 100 years in America. The name was quite popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s but then lost some luster until it was revived again at the turn of the 21st century. Since 2002, the name has re-entered the Top 100 most favored names for girls, and it has achieved its highest position on the charts in the past three years. In 2001, the famous country singing duo, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw named their third daughter Audrey (which, incidentally, is also the first name of Faith Hill herself). This may have had some impact. The association of the name Audrey with Audrey Hepburn lends the name femininity, kindness and class.
Popularity of the Girl Name Audrey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Audrey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Audrey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Audrey

    Audrey (As You Like It) Audrey is a minor character in Shakespeare’s 1623 light comedy “As You Like It.” She is one of the forest inhabitants where Rosalind travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone. Audrey is a simple, country girl who is not particularly bright but lovely enough to catch the eye of two interested suitors, Touchstone and another forest dweller William. Touchstone, who runs linguistic circles around everyone for much of the play, manages to get rid of his competition and marries Audrey in the end. Given their difference in intellect, Touchstone and Audrey are obviously two people in lust rather than love.

  • Popular Songs on Audrey

    Popular Songs on Audrey

    Audrey - a song by Amber Oak

    Audrey's Eyes - a song by Velocity Girl

    Audrey, Start the Revolution! - a song by Anberlin

    Paging Audrey - a song by Walter Becker

    Song for Audrey - a song by Backseat Goodbye

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Audrey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Audrey

    Audrey of the Outback (Christine Harris) - Audrey is a 1930’s Australian outback girl with a lot on her mind. Her dad has gone away to work; her brother Price thinks he's too old for games; and little Dougie likes pretending to be a bird. So together with her best friend Stumpy, Audrey ponders some of life's big questions—like whether being a swaggie (or bush traveler, as explained in the handy glossary) is lonelier than being a girl, and whether it's better to be a sheep or a cow. Determined, mischievous, imaginative, and inquisitive, Audrey is Australia's response to Pippi Longstocking and Ramona Quimby. Part of a series including “Audrey Goes to Town” and “Audrey's Big Secret.” Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Audrey, Wait! (Robin Benway) - When 16-year-old Audrey decides to dump her band-singer boyfriend, she has no idea that he will go on to write a chart-topping song about their breakup. With this sudden notoriety, Audrey must fend off the paparazzi. She unexpectedly finds herself in gossip magazines, and attempts to have a normal life despite it all. Her touching romance with an ice-cream-shop coworker hits some snags because of the situation, but Audrey perseveres. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Earth to Audrey (Susan Hughes) - With a free spirit, antennae-like pigtails, and a fondness for kooky-patterned dresses, Audrey breathes a fresh perspective into Ray's sleepy small town. Together, they spend their days seeing the Earth for the first time, new and astonishing. A cleverly written look at the powers of friendship and creative thinking. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Just Being Audrey (Margaret Cardillo) - Audrey Hepburn proves an irresistible a character in the pages of this children’s book. Growing up in WWII–era Europe, Audrey wanted only to be a dancer, but the other girls made fun of her physical hurdles: “She was too tall, her feet were too big, and her neck was too long,” and “her eyes seemed too big for her head.” Young readers will get the message: these were precisely the traits that made Audrey an iconic beauty as an adult. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ordinary Audrey (Peter Harris) - Deadwood Deb is the toughest little girl in the Wild West. She can out-lasso, out-snarl, and out-eat even the biggest cowboys. So when word gets out that outlaws are on their way into town, the best solution is to make Deb the sheriff. There's only one problem-- Deb is vacationing in Florida, wrestling alligators! So the folks look to Deb's twin sister, Ordinary Audrey to protect them. But Audrey isn't Deb. She can't out-snarl, out-lasso, or even out-eat the bad guys. But luckily for Deadwood, Audrey can out-smart them. This charming story shows that brains are better than brawn. Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Audrey

    Famous People Named Audrey

    Famous People Named Audrey - Audrey Hepburn (actress); Audrey Faith Perry (aka Faith Hill, country singer); Audrey Tautou (French actress); Audrey Wells (director); Audrey Munson (model/actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Audrey

    Children of Famous People Named Audrey

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Audrey - Faith Hill (country singer); Sara Evans (country singer); Steve Zahn (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Audrey - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Saint Audrey (7th Century) - Also known as Saint Etheldreda, St. Audrey was an Anglo-Saxon princess and daughter of King Anna of East Anglia. Despite taking a perpetual vow of virginity, she married twice. The first time she was widowed after three short years, and the second time, her husband changed his mind about wanting to consummate the marriage. She refused. Forced to flee with her husband hot on her trail, legend has it that a miraculous seven day high tide separated her husband from reaching her. Using her “noble strength,” she managed to escape and founded the great abbey of Ely where she was able to live out her strictly religious life. She died circa 680 from a tumor on her neck, which she gratefully accepted as divine punishment for her vanity in wearing necklaces in her youth. In the Middle Ages a fair in Ely was held in her name where lace neckerchiefs of poor quality were sold. This is how the word “tawdry” entered the English lexicon, a corruption of the name “Audrey,” to describe the shoddy merchandise. Her Feast Day is June 23 and she is the patron saint of throat and neck complaints.

Personality of the Girl Name Audrey

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Audrey

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