What does Avery mean?
Avery \a-ve-ry\ 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Aubrey.
Avery has 20 more alternative forms via Alfred: Ahlfred, Ailfred, Ailfrid, Ailfryd, Al▼, Alf▼, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfie, Alfre, Alfredas, Alfredo, Alfredos, Alfrey, Alfy, Elfred, Fred▼, Freddie▼, Freddy▼ and Fredo.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Avery for boys. Avery reached its top rank of #186 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Avery and affiliated names. Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfred (#799 a year ago), Alfredo (#524), Aubrey, Fred, Freddie and Freddy are the popular related forms of Avery (#186 a year ago). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.5521%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.1491%, down 73%), with versions such as Al, Aubrey, Fred, Freddie and Freddy becoming somewhat outmoded. Alfredo (#524) and Avery (#186) are two of the more trendy birth names in this list, with Avery undergoing a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)