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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Aubrey
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Aubrey in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Aubrey:
Records indicate that 27,911 boys in the United States have been named Aubrey since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1926, when 494 people in the U.S. were given the name Aubrey. Those people are now 95 years old.
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Comments about the name Aubrey
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4 Positive Comments
"It's a male name that people started giving to girls in the 70's. Ridiculous.
Like Morgan (Fairchild), Whitney (Houston), Taylor (Dane) etc.
SMH." Jan. 22, 2021:
"My middle name is Aubrey and while I embrace the common practice of parents coming up with creative names to give their children I resent the choice by parents of using names traditionally used specifically for one gender as a name for a child of another gender. I have met so many girls and young women named Aubrey over the last two decades that they are shocked Aubrey is my middle name. They wonder why my parents gave me a "Girls name."
To me naming a girl any of the following names (all the middle names of my brothers, 1st cousins, and closest friends) Austin, Jeffrey, Allyn, Andrew, Michael, Reuben, Erik, Barry, Harris, Jason, and Joel would never be adopted by any parent for a newborn baby girl. Similarly theses are the first names of all of those listed above including myself but in no particular order) Glen, Bryan, Jeffrey, Kent, Andrew, Douglas, Joel, Joshua, [David for two different men,] Michael, and Todd. I do not believe any parents of a newborn girl would give their daughter any of these names. So I believe that parents should research potential baby names online or in books first before creatively altering a name or coming up with an all new name.
In fact the first woman I ever met named michaela was born in 1961. her parents truly wanted an uncommom, possibly unique name. i really like uncommon and uniques names. That has been true all my life. Once upon a time I worked in a program for children most of whom were African American. At that time it was very common for African American parents to create all new names for their children thus rejecting the names of the cultures that had enslaved their ancestors. Some of those kids had wonderful names.
Also when it was very popular to do so my first cousin and his wife chose to use a then popular adaptation of the original name Michaela and named their daughter Mikayla. She had lots of classmates with the same first name because it was a first name popular among the the parents of newborn girls at the time she was born. I respected their choice of a variation on the spelling of a longstanding female name.
Similarly I have a friend with a son named Dylan (like Dylan Thomas) and a brother with a daughter named Dylan (like Bob Dylan.) I don't know how long the given name Dylan has been in use or if it ever was strongly associated with one gender but as long as I have been familiar with the name I have seen it used for both Boys and Girls so I am not sure about it.
So in the end I like creative spellings of existing names and I like unique names that are not commonly used, even those strongly associated with one gender. I am even comfortable with names long associated with both genders such Jamie (and its various spellings.) The same goes for Lori, Laurie, Laurelei, and Lauren for girl along with Laurel for a boy. I once know a woman whose father had all girls and knew there would be no more children. He wanted a namesake child. The man's name was Arnold and this man and his wife named their youngest, the woman I knew Arnell. That kind of variation is wonderful. I think the best traditional example is Frances for a girl and Francis for a boy.
My feelings on variations of names from one gender to to the other when clearly distinguished are fine. Roberta as opposed to Robert or Roberto is fine. Jude and Judah may be traditionally male names but might be fine substitutes for parents who wish to name a newborn boy after a woman important in their lives named Judith or Judy.
I just don't like it when parents of newborns choose a name with a long history of strong association with one gender for a child of another gender. In the case of Aubrey the very famous British painter Aubrey Beardsley makes clear that Aubrey has a strong history as a male name.
In my mind parents always have an obligation to put thought into the name of a child. That child will have to live with that name at least until adulthood and quite likely for their entire lives. There is often the possibility of burdening a child with a name that will cause that child lots of difficult if not harmful social experiences throught his or her formative years. There is the possibility of burdening a child with a name the child has negative feelings about. While neither of these possibilities can be avoided with absolute certainty, the likelihood of such situations arising can be minimized by parents putting thought into the name of their soon to be born (or just born) child. While those parents are doing that thinking they can find out about gender specific name histories and gender enutral name histories.
Sadly it is too late for Aubrey to retain its traditional strictly male affiliatiion, but there are lots of names out there both traditionally male and female names that can be protected from loss of gender identity. For example Shannon, Kay, Jerri, Caren, Dayna, Adele, Karol, Alexis, and Karon. These Traditionally female names came from the 1000 most popular names given to girls in the 1960s. Some of these names are s similar to names Men already have that seeing the possibility of a not to distant use for a boy could happen. Some of theses names, ie. Karon, are so obscure today that anyone could use them for a boy. To look at the list of the 1000 most popular names given to girls in the 1960s is to see a list littered with male names used for girls. Ie. John, Jon, Bobby, and the list just goes on and on. So while change can be good, the preservation of some things is worth it. Having a male name may or may not cause a girl lots of teasing, ostracism (eclusion,)etc... , but a boy with a female name or even a unisex name know more to his peers as a female name almost always causes social exclusion, constant and intense teasing - both to a torturous extent. That child's self esteem can be broken in the early elementary grades for life by thoughtless naming on the part of parents.
The take away here is far more than my personal feelings about girls and women misunderstanding my middle name to be female (because thoughtless parent's stole a male name for female baby's) it is far more important that those about to become parents put a lot of thought into the naming of their child. I know that Names that were "cool" in one generation can be totally "uncool" in another. Parents can not make absolute predictions about how their child's name, and their child's personality, etc... ) will be accepted by that child's peers but they can put enough thought into the name that they do not create a high likelihood of their child suffering a lot of cruelty. So while their at it why not try to leave gender traditions in place." Jan. 14, 2016:
"Like it for a boy, HATE it for a girl. I wish parents would stop giving girls boy names." Feb. 2, 2010:
"My husband's name is Aubrey.
I find it so interesting that nowadays you basically only hear of girls being named Aubrey. It happens a lot with names that end in Y I've noticed. They start out as mainly boy names, and then slowly they become girl names.
I like it for a girl or a boy!" Jun. 23, 2009:
1 Neutral Comment
"My name is Aubrey. I was given that name in 1959. At that time it was clear to everyone "Aubrey" is the male version and "Audrey" is the female version. I think the change came from people not knowing the language. It would have been like naming your son Lei Lani, a hawaiian name for a girl, but if you don't know the language how would know the gender. However, I am not stuck in the past and I do except the change, but would you now name your son "Audrey"? I think it's the same thing." May. 13, 2010:
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