J aubrey


John, 1626–97, English antiquary.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “elf” and “ruler.”
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Aubrey (ˈɔːbrɪ)
John. 1626--97, English antiquary and author, noted for his vivid biographies of his contemporaries, Brief Lives (edited 1898)

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Word Origin & History

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