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Quick Facts on Avery

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Elf counsel (supernatural wisdom)

Characteristics of Avery

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Avery

The name Avery dates back to the Middle Ages; it was essentially the Norman-French pronunciation of an ancient Anglo-Saxon masculine name Ælfræd (Alfred). Ælfræd was comprised of the Olde English elements “ælf” meaning “elf” (one with supernatural powers), and “ræd” meaning “to counsel”. Therefore, Avery essentially means “elf counsel” or “supernatural wisdom”. We should mention that elves are featured prominently in early Germanic/Nordic mythology as possessors of certain magical powers. The elf could use his supernatural powers to either benefit or hinder human progress depending on his mood (although the little devils evolved with more sinister powers in later folklore). Before the Norman-French conquered England in 1066, Ælfræd was a prominent Anglo-Saxon given name (and one of the few which would survive the Norman Conquest of 1066). When the Norman-French arrived in the 11th century, their pronunciation of Ælfræd sounded more like Avery. When surnames became necessary as a means of citizen identification for the purposes of taxation, Avery developed as a patronymic surname (i.e., one that passed from the father’s first name). We know that Avery dates back at least a couple hundred years as a masculine given name, but it recently came to be considered unisex. Not only that, Avery’s success as a female given name actually surpassed her male counterpart about 15 years ago. While Avery remains gender-neutral, and still readily used on baby boys, the name has become ϋber-trendy especially for the baby girls in North America. Avery is the 9th most popular baby girl’s name in Canada and ranked #13 in the United States. By comparison, for boys, the name ranks #187 in the U.S. (based on 2012 data).

Popularity of the Name Avery

Avery is a unisex name, although it’s currently far more popular for baby girls than for baby boys (in fact, four times more popular). As a masculine given name, Avery dates back to 1880 on the U.S. charts (which is as far back as the government has been tracking name data through the social security department). So Avery has enjoyed status as a baby boy’s name for over 130 years. It wasn’t until 1989 when the name show up on the female naming charts. It took the female version of Avery only 10 years to overtake the male version on the popularity charts, and only 15 years to secure a Top 100 position. But the feminine Avery didn’t stop there. She continues to climb the charts and is now the 13th most favored baby girl’s name nationwide. That’s quite a feat! Suffice it to say that Avery is a trendy female name in America right now. For boys, the name is also trending upwards, just to a much lesser extent. In other words, Avery is an all round successful unisex name – doing well for both genders. This little elf does indeed carry certain magical powers!
Popularity of the Unisex Name Avery
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Avery

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Avery

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Avery

    Avery We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Avery.

  • Popular Songs on Avery

    Popular Songs on Avery

    Dear Avery - a song by The Decemberists

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Avery

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Avery

    Avery McShane and the Silver Spurs (Greg Lyons) - Hi! My name is Avery McShane. I live smack dab in the middle of nowhere in Venezuela. My best friends are Billy, Todd and my dog, Mati. Our adventures started when the bad guy Pablo Malo caught us trespassing and shot Todd in the butt with his shotgun full of rock salt ...From then on everything got a mite out of control! Things got blown up, folks got kidnapped and there was a heckuva lot more gunplay - just like in my favourite western movies. Looking back, it was a pretty cool adventure, so that's why I've told the story. I really hope you like it! Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Avery's Battlefield (Deanna K. Klingel) - Avery's Battlefield, by Deanna K. Klingel, is a historical fiction novel for young adults about a boy, a dog, and their search for peace in the first years of the Civil War. Avery and his dog, Gunner, have a good life in Kanawha Valley--a loving family, a prosperous farm, and a warm community of friends. But when the long unrest between the North and the South ignites into war, Avery's peaceful world is shattered. His father, brother, and uncle leave home, each drawn away by the war. Soon Avery and Gunner must begin a dangerous journey that will take them across the paths of people on both sides of the struggle. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Avery's Crossroad (Deanna Klingel) - Avery’s skills as a doctor and his dog Gunner’s friendly personality make the pair a welcome sight to the soldiers in the Civil War hospitals. But mending wounds is not the only challenge Avery faces. Dwindling supplies, insufficient medical facilities, and local troublemakers add to the stress of the war. Avery realizes that the real wounds of the war—the wounds of the soul—will take years to heal. But he finds hope for the future in his deepening friendship with Claire, a girl from back home who shares his passion for helping the wounded. Together they pray for the long war to end. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Freestyle with Avery (Annie Bryant) - From the Beacon Street Girls Special Adventure book series. Hey, sports fans! Avery here, comin' at you live from Colorado, home of my dad-and the first-ever Telluride Snurfer Snowboarding Competition! With mascot dog Marty at my side, I'm totally psyched to compete. But this trip is getting CRAAAZY. As in Crazie Kazie, the all-star boarder who wants to win as much as I do. The only thing crazier is her cat, Farkle...aka Franken-cat! I just might score some coaching tips from a certain celeb. And shout-out to my new friend, Jason-he loves animals, like me. You won't believe the creature he's keeping in his shed...it's almost ready to be released into the wild. Shred on, Avery. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Sincerely, Avery (Mia Turner) - Book one of the three-part series. It was the instant message that ruined everything. Avery was lots of things: an honor student, a best friend, a normal teenage girl. Never in her life did she imagine she'd add "cyber-terrorist" to the list. Avery is approached by two strangers on the internet, one claiming to be with the government, and another claiming to be with an activist group that just wants to make the city a better place. Avery struggles with the decisions of who to trust and what actions to take to keep her hometown safe, all while keeping the whole thing a secret from her parents. Book two is titled "Yours Truly, Avery". Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Adventure of Avery the Ant (Nakeil W. Reid) - Avery's first day of facing life as a grown up ant is ruined by Commander Antselma and two of her gruff soldiers. They barged into her room early one morning and snatch her away from a happy and care free life. March with Avery down the long Green Tunnel through the Golden Gate of No Return and into the Willing Worker's Training Center. Follow her as she escapes from her first day of work to experience the wonder of the world above the village of Antville. Finally, meet Antsome, the wise old servant of Queen Antonia who convinces Avery to accept her lot and return home to begin life as a grown up ant. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    The Avery Shaw Experiment (Kelly Oram) - When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart. Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Many Lives of Avery Snow (Christy Sloat) - Avery Snow led a boring, no thrills life. After her father left the family when she was young, Avery’s mother died when she was only twelve, leaving her all alone except for her Aunt Paulina. Now, at twenty-six, Avery is very used to being lonely. She enjoys her job at Sunrise Estates, it’s the one place where she doesn’t feel left out. Her boss, Kerri, is her best friend and Lucy O’Shea, a resident at the home, is a good friend to her as well. The night Lucy dies in Avery’s arms she delivers a haunting message to Avery. She tells her that there is a man looking for her from a past life. And he will stop at nothing to have her. Now Avery must make choices she never has before. This once lonely girl is now surrounded by Spirit Guides, psychics, Demonic Angels and two men fighting for her love. Do you believe in reincarnation and a love that can last lifetimes? Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Avery

    Famous People Named Avery

    Famous People Named Avery - Avery Brooks (actor); Avery Johnson (basketball player); Avery Dulles (American Catholic Cardinal); Avery Brundage (former President of the Olympics); Avery Schreiber (comic)

  • Children of Famous People Named Avery

    Children of Famous People Named Avery

    Famous People who Named their Child Avery - Sara Evans (country musician, has a son named Avery Jack); Angie Harmon (actress, has a daughter named Avery Grace); Jason Sehorn (football player, has a daughter named Avery Grace)

  • Historic Figures

    Avery - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Avery - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Avery.

Personality of the Unisex Name Avery

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Avery

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