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Aubrey

[aw-bree]
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noun
  1. John,1626–97, English antiquary.
  2. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “elf” and “ruler.”
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Aubrey

noun
  1. John. 1626–97, English antiquary and author, noted for his vivid biographies of his contemporaries, Brief Lives (edited 1898)
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Word Origin and History for aubrey

Aubrey

masc. personal name, from Old French Auberi, from Old High German Alberich "ruler of elves," or *Alb(e)rada "elf-counsel" (fem.). In U.S., it began to be used as a girl's name c.1973 and was among the top 100 given names for girls born 2006-2008, eclipsing its use for boys, which faded in proportion.

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