I am currently reading the marvellous biography of John Aubrey by Ruth Scurr. An interesting and timely posting.

Names Throughout the Ages

Aubrey is an English unisex name, the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning “elf power” made up from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power). In Germanic mythology, Alberich is a dwarf and appears in the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in which he guards the treasure of Nibelung. It’s also an English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European


Male forms:

  • Aubry (English)
  • Alberich (Ancient Germanic)
  • Alberic (Ancient Germanic)
  • Auberon (English)
  • Alberico (Italian)
  • Ælfric (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Elric (Medieval English)

Female forms:

  • Aubry (English)
  • Aubree (English)
  • Aubrie (English)

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