from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Aubrey, John 1626-1697. English antiquarian and writer whose Brief Lives, published posthumously, contains character sketches of his notable friends, including Thomas Hobbes, John Milton, and Francis Bacon.
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- proper n. An English patronymic surname.
- proper n. A male given name from the same source, or transferred from the surname.
- proper n. A female given name of American usage since the 1970s.
From the French names Aubrey and Aubry; derived ultimately from the Germanic name Alberic, which consists of alb "elf" (from Proto-Germanic *albiz) + rīk (from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz). Cognates include: German Alberich, Italian Alberico. (Wiktionary)