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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • German : Elf rule

What does Aubrey mean and stand for?

The name Aubrey is of French and English origin meaning "elf ruler." Aubrey was a popular male name in England during the Middle Ages and only became a popular female name in the 1970s.

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How Popular Is The Name Aubrey

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the Norman and Old French personal name Aubri, from the Germanic personal name Alberic, composed of elements meaning ‘elf power’.
  • Respelling of French Aubry.


According to Social Security Administration data, Aubrey has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 50 since 2008, and in the top 100 since 2006.

However, it is the 44th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in March 2018.

Aubrey, of French and English origin, means "elf ruler." Originally a boys' name, Aubrey tipped the scales in 1974 and is now used 98% of the time for girls. The increase in popularity is thought to be due to the band Bread's song "Aubrey," which was released in the 1970s. Comedian Aubrey Plaza, from Parks and Recreation is perhaps one of the most well-known celebrities with this name. Also, famous rapper Drake's first name is Aubrey.

Where is it Popular?

Aubrey was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Aubrey

  • Aub
  • Aubs
  • Bree
  • Breez
  • Ri
  • RiRi

Pairs well with these middle names


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