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From the French names Aubrey and Aubry; derived ultimately from the Germanic name Alberic, from Proto-Germanic *Albirīks, from *albiz (elf, fairy) +‎ *rīks (king, ruler). Possibly influenced by Gaulish Albiorīx (literally "ruler of the world"). Cognates include German Alberich and Italian Alberico.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɔːbɹi/
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English patronymic surname.
  2. A male given name from the Germanic languages 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 transferred from the surname, of 1970s and later American usage.