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John, 1626–97, English antiquary.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “elf” and “ruler.”.
Contemporary Examples

“Sir, we should turn back,” his bodyguard Aubrey Davis said.
Speed Read: 8 Revelations From Kurt Eichenwald’s ‘500 Days’ The Daily Beast September 9, 2012

Three magazine reporters, played by Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, and Karan Soni, go to investigate the personals ad for a story.
Mark Duplass, Filmmaker and Star of ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ Ready for His Close-Up Marlow Stern June 13, 2012

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah Dance No 13-year-old has ever had as much swagger as Drake, then simply Aubrey Graham, at his bar mitzvah.
The Six Most Fabulous, Most Epic Bar Mitzvah Dances Ever (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon August 13, 2013

Aubrey found a role as a “galloper,” passing messages between commanders, riding a horse called Moonshine.
The Real Downton Abbey: Juiciest Bits From ‘The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle’ Tom Sykes December 31, 2011

My wife (Susie Hariet) was pregnant with our second child (they have two children, daughter Willow, 4, and son Aubrey, 2).
Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho Tim Teeman September 18, 2014

Historical Examples

This paragraph was added later by Aubrey, perhaps from information supplied by E. Phillips.
Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2) John Aubrey

My dear Evelyn, you are born to spoil every one—from Sultan to Aubrey.
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Aubrey Flood was the first, without a hat and in an ordinary lounge suit.
The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

Your past history is known but to the good old Aubrey and myself.
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Well, my dear Aubrey, may Heaven in its own good time crown your virtuous efforts—your unconquerable resolution—with success!
Ten Thousand a-Year (Vol. 2) Samuel Warren

John. 1626–97, English antiquary and author, noted for his vivid biographies of his contemporaries, Brief Lives (edited 1898)

masc. personal name, from Old French Auberi, from Old High German Alberich “ruler of elves,” or *Alb(e)rada “elf-counsel” (fem.). In U.S., it began to be used as a girl’s name c.1973 and was among the top 100 given names for girls born 2006-2008, eclipsing its use for boys, which faded in proportion.


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