from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Aubrey, John 1626-1697. English antiquarian and writer whose Brief Lives, published posthumously, contains character sketches of his notable friends, including Thomas Hobbes, John Milton, and Francis Bacon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An English patronymic surname.
  • proper n. A male given name from the same source, or transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name of American usage since the 1970s.


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. (Wiktionary)



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