Aubrey

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Etymology[edit]

From the French names Aubrey and Aubry; derived ultimately from the Germanic name Alberic, which consists of alb "elf" (from Proto-Germanic *albiz) + rīk (from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz). Cognates include: German Alberich, Italian Alberico.

Proper noun[edit]

Aubrey

  1. An English patronymic surname.
  2. A male given name from the same source, or transferred from the surname.
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3, Act III,Scene III:
      Call him my king, by whose injurious doom / My elder brother, the Lord Aubrey Vere, / Was done to death?
  3. A female given name of American usage since the 1970s.