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What does Avery mean?

Avery /av-ery/ as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' name Avery) is pronounced AY-vree. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Avery is "elf or magical counsel". Transferred use of the surname, which originated in the Middle Ages from a Norman French pronunciation of Alfred. Philanthropist Avery Fisher.

Associated with: old english, elf, magical, counsel, surname, norman


Avery has 2 variants: Averey and Avry.

Affiliated boy name: Aubrey.

Avery has 4 more alternative forms via Alfred: Alfey, Alfre, Alfrey and Alfy.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Akery, Azery, ..

(female) Avar, Avara, ..

How popular is Avery?

Avery is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#638 out of 1220, Top 52%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#840 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Avery for boys. Avery reached its top rank of #186 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Avery name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Avery outside U.S.

Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Avery and affiliated names. Alfred (#799 a year ago) and Aubrey (#1307) are the popular related forms of Avery (#186 a year ago). Other forms, like Alfy, are uncommon. These relations of Avery were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (average #276) and are now significantly less conventional (#764, 74%), with versions such as Aubrey becoming less stylish. Avery has generally been preferred by parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Avery, Alfred, Aubrey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alfred outside U.S.

Similar Names


Avery is alike in pronunciation to Averi and Averie. Other recommended names are Abert, Abey, Acer, Acey, Aeryn, Ahern, Aimery, Alexy, Alvern, Alvert, Amer, Amerey, Amery, Amory, Amry, Arry, Ary, Aubery (see Aubrey), Aubry, Autry, Ave, Avel, Averel, Averet, Averil, Averit, Averyl, Averyll, Avner, Ayers, Aymery, Emery and Gery. These names tend to be less commonly used than Avery.