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.