Given Name AUDREY

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: AW-dree   [details]

Meaning & History

Medieval diminutive of ÆÐELÞRYÐ. This was the name of a 7th-century saint, a princess of East Anglia who founded a monastery at Ely. It was also borne by a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It' (1599). At the end of the Middle Ages the name became rare due to association with the word tawdry (which was derived from St. Audrey, the name of a fair where cheap lace was sold), but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was British actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).

Categories

actresses, athletes, diminutives, fictional characters, medieval, princesses, saints, Shakespearian characters, storms, theatre
VARIANTS: Audra, Audrea
DIMINUTIVE: Audie
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Æðelþryð, Æthelthryth (Anglo-Saxon), Aldreda, Etheldred, Etheldreda (Medieval English)
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  England and Wales
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