What does Aubrey mean?
Aubrey /au-brey/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used more generally as girls' name Aubrey) is pronounced AW-bree. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Aubrey is "elf or magical being, power".
From a Norman French form of the German name Alberic. German mythology: name of the king of the elves. Saint Aubrey (12th century) was one of the founders of the Cistercian order. 19th-century artist Aubrey Beardsley; biographer John Aubrey.
How popular is Aubrey?
Aubrey is a very popular first name for men (#495 out of 1220, Top 41%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#7133 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Aubrey for boys. Aubrey reached its top position of #242 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Aubrey and associated names. Avery (#186 a year ago) is the only other popular related form of Aubrey. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.6185%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.407%, ▼34.2%), with the version Aubrey becoming less fashionable. Avery (#186) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name among these, with this name having a revival in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Autrey. This name tends to be less commonly used than Aubrey.