What does Aubrey mean?
Aubrey \a(u)-brey, aub-rey\ as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Aubrey) is pronounced AW-bree. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Aubrey is "elf or magical being, power". Originally a man's name, from Norman French, that arrived in England with the Norman Conquest. This was the name, according to German mythology, of the king of the elves. American use of Aubrey is mainly as a girl's name, perhaps under the influence of Audrey.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Albreda.
Aubrey has 1 masculine form: Auberon.
Aubrey is a very popular first name for women (#1065 out of 4276, Top 25%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#7133 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Aubrey for girls. Aubrey entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its top rank of #15 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is presently at #20. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Aubrey (#20 the previous year) are Aubree (#61 the previous year), Aubri (#827), Aubriana, Aubrie (#428), Audie, Audra, Audrey (#36), Audrina (#588) and Audry. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread in 2012 (usage of 0.4376%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.404%, down 7.7%), but with the versions Audie and Audra becoming less stylish. The most fashionable birth names in this list are Aubree (#61), Aubrey (#20), Aubrie (#428), Audrey (#36) and Audrina (#588). Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Aubrey and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Aubrey is pronounced similarly to Abree. This name tends to be less commonly used than Aubrey.