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[aw-bree] /ˈɔ bri/
John, 1626–97, English antiquary.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “elf” and “ruler.”. Unabridged
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  • This paragraph was added later by Aubrey, perhaps from information supplied by E. Phillips.

  • My dear Evelyn, you are born to spoil every one—from Sultan to Aubrey.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Aubrey Flood was the first, without a hat and in an ordinary lounge suit.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Your past history is known but to the good old Aubrey and myself.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Well, my dear Aubrey, may Heaven in its own good time crown your virtuous efforts—your unconquerable resolution—with success!

British Dictionary definitions for Aubrey


John. 1626–97, English antiquary and author, noted for his vivid biographies of his contemporaries, Brief Lives (edited 1898)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Aubrey

masc. personal name, from Old French Auberi, from Old High German Alberich "ruler of elves," or *Alb(e)rada "elf-counsel" (fem.). In U.S., it began to be used as a girl's name c.1973 and was among the top 100 given names for girls born 2006-2008, eclipsing its use for boys, which faded in proportion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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