Avery: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Avery

Avery

Pronunciation: AY-və-ree (key)

This traditional male name -- a medieval form of Alfred -- has been climbing to an all-time popularity peak for baby boys. The trick is, it's even more common for girls. Once a name starts to turn feminine, parents of boys usually run in the other direction. But lately, favorites like Jordan and Peyton have been bucking the trend. Cross your fingers that elegant Avery joins them as a two-gender standard.

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Comments and insights on the name Avery: | Edit

My 6'5" 18 year old son named Avery, named after his godfather and several male family friends, will definitely tell you it is a male name! With all the beautiful girl names in the world, it puzzles why a parent would want their daughter to have a traditionally masculine name! It is a sophisticated male name and not a particularly pretty female name. Sad! My heart goes out to all those girls who will someday wish they had a feminine name.

I think this name sounds much nicer on a boy. It's a French form of Alfred, and I'm sure you wouldn't name your daughter Alfred, would you? It has a nice, classic, poetic feel to it. I have it on my favorite name list for boys as Avery Harper.

The feminine form of Alfred is Alfreda

Personal experiences with the name Avery: | Edit

Avery Cole is my 2 year old boy's name! It's definitely more geared toward boys than girls, I think.
*don't think that! The name was all boy until someone thought it would be cute on a girl! Keep it boy!

My 14 month old is Avery Michael. I think it is a lovely, strong name, perfect for a boy.

Nicknames for Avery: | Edit

Ave

Meanings and history of the name Avery: | Edit

From the surname, descended from a medieval form of Alfred.
Ruler of the elves, protector of the innocent.
Ruler of the forest people.

Famous real-life people named Avery: | Edit

Avery Brooks, actor

Avery in song, story & screen: | Edit

Murphy Brown's sons name was Avery on the TV show

Avery Arable, brother of Fern Arable in 'Charlotte's Web' by E. B. White

Avery Bullock, American Dad

Dr. Jackson Avery, Grey's Anatomy

Avery, Gene Hackman's character in "The Firm"

"Dear Avery", a song by the Decemberists

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