Of French
French people
The French are a nation that share a common French culture and speak the French language as a mother tongue. Historically, the French population are descended from peoples of Celtic, Latin and Germanic origin, and are today a mixture of several ethnic groups...

 origin, Aubrey results from the phonetical mutation of Alberic, which is a Germanic given name, meaning "Fair Ruler of the Little People", or "King of the Elves". The name Alberich
Alberich was a legendary sorcerer who originated in the mythology or epic sagas of the Frankish Merovingian Dynasty of the 5th to 8th century AD, and whose name means king of the elves , who possessed the ability to become invisible...

 is the German variant. The Anglo-Saxons used before the Norman conquest the corresponding variant Ælf-rīc (see Ælfric
Ælfric of Abingdon , also known as Ælfric of Wessex, was a late 10th century Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as previously holding the offices of abbot of St Albans and Bishop of Ramsbury, all of which are in England...


A female form is already recorded in the Middle Ages as Aubrey, Aubrée and does not share the same etymology, that is from Germanic Albereda, Alberada. It was very common in the genealogy of the noble Norman
The Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Norse Viking conquerors of the territory and the native population of Frankish and Gallo-Roman stock...

 families (See f. e. Aubrey of Buonalbergo).

The name is traditionally male, but is more commonly used as a feminine name in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. It was the 41st most popular name given to girls born in the United States in 2009. It was last ranked among the top 1,000 most common names for boys in the United States in 2002. It was the 479th most common name for all males in the United States in the 1990 census. The main reason that Aubrey became a popular female name is because of the song "Aubrey
Aubrey (song)
"Aubrey" is a song written and composed by David Gates, and originally recorded by the Pop/Rock group Bread, of which Gates was the leader and primary music producer...

" by Bread
Bread (band)
Bread was a rock band from Los Angeles, California. They placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977 and were a prime example of what later was labeled soft rock....



  • Emlyn Aubrey
    Emlyn Aubrey
    Emlyn Aubrey is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and the predecessor to the Asian Tour.-College career:...

     (born 1964), American professional golfer

  • James Thomas Aubrey, Jr.
    James Thomas Aubrey, Jr.
    James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. was a leading American television and film executive. President of the CBS television network during the early 1960s, he put some of television's most enduring series on the air, including Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies...

  • John Aubrey
    John Aubrey
    John Aubrey FRS, was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the collection of short biographical pieces usually referred to as Brief Lives...

     (1626–1697), antiquary and author
  • Juliet Aubrey
    Juliet Aubrey
    Juliet Aubrey is a British actress, best known for her role as Helen Cutter on Primeval .-Career:Aubrey attended to King's College London, where she studied Classics and Archaeology...

     (born 1969), English actress
  • Sam Aubrey
    Sam Aubrey
    Sam Aubrey was the head coach of the Oklahoma State University men's basketball team between 1970 and 1973. Aubrey was the starting forward for the 1946 NCAA men's basketball champions, Oklahoma State University under Coach Henry Iba.-External links:*...

     (1922–2008), former basketball player and coach of Oklahoma State University

Given name

  • Aubrey de Coucy
    Aubrey de Coucy
    Aubrey de Coucy was the earl of Northumbria from 1080, by appointment of William the Conqueror, until he resigned it. After the rebellion and suppression of Earl Waltheof in 1075, William Walcher, prince-bishop of Durham, was installed temporarily. In 1080, the Conqueror gave the earldom to...

    , Earl of Northumbria
  • Aubrey de Grey
    Aubrey de Grey
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     (born 1963), a biomedical gerontologist
  • Aubrey de Troisfontaines (died c.1250), a French chronicler of the 13th century
  • Aubrey de Vere I
    Aubrey de Vere I
    Aubrey de Vere was a tenant-in-chief of William the Conqueror in 1086 and also vassal to Geoffrey de Montbray, bishop of Coutances and to Count Alan, lord of Richmond. A much later source named his father as Alphonsus...

     (died c.1110), 11th-century Anglo-Norman knight
  • Aubrey de Vere II
    Aubrey de Vere II
    Aubrey de Vere II — also known as "Alberic[us] de Ver" — was the second of that name in England after the Norman Conquest, being the eldest surviving son of Alberic or Aubrey de Vere who had followed William the Conqueror to England in or after 1066.Their lineage is probably Norman, possibly...

     (c.1080–1141), 12th-century Lord Great Chamberlain of England
  • Aubrey de Vere III
    Aubrey de Vere III
    Aubrey de Vere III was created Earl of Oxford by the empress Matilda in July 1141. He had inherited the barony of Hedingham on the death of his father Aubrey de Vere II in May 1141, when he was already Count of Guînes by right of his wife Beatrice. In 1139 and 1154 he was appointed High Sheriff...

     (c.1115–1194), first Earl of Oxford
  • Aubrey de Vere IV (c.1170–1214), second Earl of Oxford
  • Aubrey Thomas de Vere
    Aubrey Thomas de Vere
    Aubrey Thomas de Vere was an Irish poet and critic.-Life:He was born at Curraghchase_Forest_Park, Kilcornan, County Limerick, the third son of Sir Aubrey de Vere Hunt and younger brother to Stephen De Vere. In 1832 his father dropped the final name by royal licence. Sir Aubrey was himself a poet...

     (1814–1902), an Irish poet
  • Aubrey of Buonalbergo (c.1030–1122), first wife of Robert Guiscard
  • Aubrey Beardsley
    Aubrey Beardsley
    Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, done in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A....

     (1872–1898), an English artist, illustrator, and author
  • Aubrey Dollar
    Aubrey Dollar
    Aubrey Dollar is an American television and film actress.She was born in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina and studied at Needham B. Broughton High School, where she was a classmate of fellow actor Colin Fickes. She also attended Boston University and Amherst College...

     (born 1980), American actress
  • Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban
    Abba Eban
    Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician.In his career he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations...

     (1915–2002), birth name of Israeli diplomat Abba Eban
  • Aubrey Graham
    Drake (entertainer)
    Aubrey Drake Graham , who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor. He originally became known for playing Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation....

     (born 1986), a Canadian actor and recording artist
  • Aubrey Huff
    Aubrey Huff
    Aubrey Lewis Huff III is a Major League Baseball first baseman with the San Francisco Giants. He debuted in 2000 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and later played for the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers. He is the starting first baseman for the San Francisco Giants who won the...

     (born 1976), an American baseball player
  • Aubrey Lyles
    Aubrey Lyles
    Aubrey Lyles was an African American songwriter, lyricist, and vaudeville performer, appearing with F. E. Miller as Miller and Lyles...

     (1883–1932), African American performer and lyricist with F. E. Miller as "Miller and Lyles"
  • Aubrey Manning
    Aubrey Manning
    Professor Aubrey William George Manning OBE FRSE FIBiol is a distinguished English zoologist and broadcaster.-Life:...

     (born 1930), an English zoologist and broadcaster
  • Aubrey Morris
    Aubrey Morris
    Aubrey Morris is a British actor perhaps best known for his appearances in the cult 1970s films A Clockwork Orange and The Wicker Man....

     (born 1926), an English actor
  • Aubrey Newman
    Aubrey Newman
    Major General Aubrey S. "Red" Newman served in the United States Army for 34 years. Newman commanded the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Philippines in World War II. His cry of "Follow Me!" at Leyte rallied his troops and inspired American infantrymen...

     (1904–1994), British Historian. Professor, University of Leicester 1960 - to present day
  • Aubrey O'Day
    Aubrey O'Day
    Aubrey Morgan O'Day is an American singer, actress, fashion designer, television personality, and former member of the girl group Danity Kane...

     (born 1984), an American singer
  • Aubrey Plaza (born 1984), an American actress
  • Aubrey Haoseb-Kurtz (born 1991), an Namibian recording artist and producer

In fiction

  • Jack Aubrey
    Jack Aubrey
    John "Jack" Aubrey, KB , is a fictional character in the Aubrey–Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. The series portrays his rise from Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The twenty -book series encompasses Aubrey's adventures and various commands along...

    , one of the protagonists from Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series
    Aubrey–Maturin series
    The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels—20 completed and one unfinished—by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician,...

  • Aubrey Valentine, a character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Aubrey was the name of the principal character of the eponymous ITV cartoon series Aubrey (1980 TV series)
    Aubrey (1980 TV series)
    Aubrey is a 1980 British cartoon series.There was just one season of 39 cartoons in colour, each lasting six minutes. They were produced by D. P...

  • Aubrey was the name of a main vampire in the novel Demon in My View
    Demon in My View
    Demon in My View is a vampire novel written by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and published in 2000. Originally entitled Bitter Life, it was published when the author was 16. It is the follow-up to In the Forests of the Night, which she wrote at the age of 13...

    by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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