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'Avery' is an infamous deatheater in the Harry Potter books.
-- Anonymous User  10/1/2005
This is the name of actress Angie Sehorn's second daughter. Her full name is Avery Grace Sehorn.
-- celeria  10/7/2005
Avery Brooks, who played Captain Sisko on Star Trek: DS9, is a famous bearer of this name.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Is actually pronounced Ave-ree (the "Ave" being pronounced like in "Ava"). I know one guy with this as a first name, and many people with this as a french-acadian surname. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  3/21/2006
I find this name a bit too feminine for a boy but it has been used for boys for a very long time. It is growing in popularity right now for both boys and girls very quickly here where I live.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I like the name Avery for a guy. It does not sound feminine to me. And I also like the boy named Avery Shaw.
-- Torn_Paper  5/26/2006
I also find the name Avery a bit feminine for a boy.
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2006
I love this name. It's one of the few names that I think suit both males and females equally well.
-- clicktrack  7/7/2006
Far too feminine and wimpy sounding for a boy and too unisex and harsh for a girl. I have no idea why this name is rising in popularity for the latter.
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2006
This is my cousin's name (Avery Griffin) and I had never heard the name before my Aunt and Uncle decided to use it. He's two years old. Now I'm hearing the name a lot for a girl, never for a boy. I think it's pretty for a girl and unique for a boy. I applaud anyone who goes against the flow of popularity!
-- qtofireland  7/18/2006
I once knew a girl named Averie, spelled with the -ie at the end. Ever since, I've loved it, but I like the spelling Avery best.
-- trayc53  7/20/2006
What a beautiful strong name, just like my daughter Averie Elizabeth. She's 5 years old. I got the name from the Murphy Brown television show when I was 10. It's always been my favorite name.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2006
I absolutely love the name. I do prefer the spelling Avarie though. I like it better on a boy. When it's on a girl I find it reminding me of a bird. This is going to be my first son's name.
-- Anonymous User  8/26/2006
Avery is Anglo-Saxon for 'Ruler of the Elves.'
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2006
According to British Columbia vital statistics for the year 2005, 52 girls were named Avery and 15 boys were named Avery.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2006
This reminds me of the name Ashley which used to be used for boys but very quickly rose in popularity for a girl and is now almost used exclusively for a girl.
-- Anonymous User  9/5/2006
I like this name better for a girl. I LOVE Avery Grace!
-- xKatiex  9/18/2006
Avery for a girl appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1990's. Its most popular year was 2005 where it ranked 66. Avery for a boy appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1880's. Its most popular year was 2005 where it ranked 215.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Country singer Sara Evans has a son named Avery Jack.
-- Diamante04  10/11/2006
I think Avery is a very regal and handsome name for a boy, the fact that now a days it is most commonly used for girls does not have an effect on my opinion.
-- Gemma  11/5/2006
I love this name for a girl.
-- septsweetie99  11/16/2006
According to the US Social Security Administration, in 2005, 4,585 girls were named Avery, and 1,641 boys were named Avery, and 247 girls were named Averie.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2006
It seems that any name ending with a 'y' these days is being taken over by girls.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2006
Well considering that the name Avery derived from the name Alfred I think that it is perfect for a boy. :)
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/16/2007
I was under the impression it was made up of the roots "aelf" and "ric" meaning elf-ruler. Some other sources give this as the origin. [noted -ed]

I am a female Avery who was given this name before it ever even made the top 1000 for girls. All I can do is apologize for 'stealing' a boys' name, but it has been going on forever, from Ashley to Kelly to Stacy to Courtney to Lindsey, and there's not much anyone can do about it.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
Although I've only met two Avery's and they were both girls, I do prefer this on a boy. I think the boy in Charlotte's Web was named this. I could be mistaken though!
-- Jassie  5/7/2007
I believe that Avery is related in origin both to Alfred and Aelric (Elric); I concur with a previous comment that it means "ruler of the elves." [noted -ed]
-- PlaysInPeoria  5/8/2007
We named our daughter Avery Kathleen in 1988. At the time, Avery was practically unknown as a girl's name; I believe it makes a very strong girl's name.

Murphy Brown (TV) significantly changed the popularity of the name; she named her son Avery in honor of her mother (or grandmother), who was named Avery.

I have encountered far more boys than girls named Avery, though the polls clearly indicate its popularity as a girl's name.
-- PlaysInPeoria  5/8/2007
In our family, we pronounce Avery as AVE-ree (two syllables), though the first syllable, with its long A and V sounds, could be interpreted as more than two (but less than three) syllables.

We occasionally will turn Avery into three syllables for emphasis: AE-vuh-ree.
-- PlaysInPeoria  5/8/2007
Avery Schreiber (9 April 1935 – 7 January 2002) was an American comedian and actor.

The Avery Schreiber Theater in North Hollywood, California, was named in his honor in 2003.
-- PlaysInPeoria  5/8/2007
I love this name! It's my brother's name. He hasn't ever gotten made fun of for it that I know. I do know a girl who has this as her middle name. I like it either way, boy or girl.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2007
Rhyming with "slavery" is not good, although I don't think that sort of thing should really matter. Also rhymes with "bravery," which is much nicer.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
I think it's better for a boy. To me, it's just more masculine. The only Avery I've know is my little couin, Trenton Avery. And it suits him very well.
-- joanie2007  8/9/2007
For a boy, Avery is very handsome name. For a girl it's ugly and far too masculine - if I met a girl named Avery, I'd think that her parents must have wanted boy SO badly.
-- Yippal  8/24/2007
Avery is VERY attractive for a male. On a girl, it sounds washed out and ugly.
-- spaz123  9/5/2007
Utterly stupid name. It's a surname, people!
-- johann14  9/25/2007
Surnames have been being used as first names for hundreds of years now, so get used to it.
-- Anonymous User  11/14/2007
For a boy this is very handsome. For a girl it sounds like her parents will forever be trying to turn her into a little boy.
-- Anonymous User  11/7/2007
I think the name Avery is very pretty and sounds better for a girl than a boy. Avery sounds a little more feminine to me, personally, though I have seen it with both boys and girls.
-- bunnygirl  2/20/2008
The only Avery I've ever known was a man, so this seems like a man's name to me. I can see why some of you think it's feminine-sounding, although no matter how hard I try I can't get the image of a female Avery in my head.
-- Lady Seashell  2/21/2008
This is a pretty name for a little girl.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/4/2008
I always thought this name sounded like "aviary" and assumed the name came from 'avis' the Latin word for 'bird'. This name sounds much more masculine than feminine, in my opinion.
-- rory  3/28/2008
According to the 2007 Social Security list, the name Avery continues to increase in popularity for girls - it is now ranked #48. However, it has started its decline for boys - dropping 10 spots to #221. It has definitely "gone to the girls" as some say. Following the path of names like Beverly, Vivian, Kimberly, Kelly. I think it's a wonderful, modern name for a girl.
-- ames2  5/12/2008
I love the name Avery for a little girl. You could even call her 'Ava' if you wanted to.
-- Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
Whilst I don't mind Avery on boys, this name is a favourite for girls.
-- Belle  7/12/2008
One of my good friends is named Avery and he is male. I personally thought of it as a more feminine name until I met him. Sometimes, you think a name won't work for whatever reason until you meet someone who pulls it off.
-- sqirrlie  10/19/2008
"Avery" is pronounced /AY-vuh-ri/. It is a boy's name. I love it!
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2008
I don't think this name sounds masculine at all. It's a very pretty name for a girl, but I can't even imagine using it on a boy.
-- purple princess  2/1/2009
Avery was the English name for one of the Ayakashi Sisters in Sailor Moon R.
-- ICEyun  2/24/2009
It makes me think of On Avery Island, which is the title of the first album by the indie band Neutral Milk Hotel. (It's a particular favorite of mine, actually.)
-- Pippin  6/6/2009
I like the name Avery. I prefer it for a boy, although I can kind of understand why someone would use it for a girl. (It does sound slightly feminine to me; though, I do sometimes like giving male characters in my stories more feminine names.)

To me, Avery sounds like a nice, friendly person who really likes people. He's sort of "everybody's friend", if you know what I mean. He always seems happy, and he's the person that few people ever see upset or mad. He's silly sometimes, and being around his friends makes him sillier. He likes to have jocular conversations with people, but when someone wants to tell him about a problem they have or something else of a serious nature, he is a good listener and tries to help them. (I give this description because I used the name Avery for a character I made up; he's basically sort of like this, and I named him Avery because the name seemed to fit the character well.)
-- Pippin  6/6/2009
This name sounds hideous and unfeminine on a girl. Have people forgotten that this was the name of the baby BOY on 'Murphy Brown'? What part of this name looks or sounds even remotely feminine? This trend of using surnames as girls' names can't end soon enough!
-- Anyechka  8/24/2009
The only Avery I only knew was a boy, and I've always thought it was a very regal-sounding name for a boy. I can understand the appeal as a feminine name, though I personally wouldn't use it for a girl. And to the people who gripe about masculine names being taken over by girls, think of this--in Roman times, ALL girls were given the feminine version of her father's family name. There could be five or six Julias or Octavias in one family! This is not a "trend," it has been going on for millenia.
-- britto08  8/29/2009
I do like the name, but the majority seem to pronounce it AVY-ree. I pronounce it AVY-uh-ree. And thought that was the standard pronunciation.
-- McHobbit  10/25/2009
I think this name is very masculine. I love it for a boy, and the fact that it its becoming very popular for girls does not change my opinion.

A nickname could be Ave.
-- JillianNora  12/6/2009
Shug Avery is a female character in the novel, The Color Purple.
-- Anonymous User  6/2/2010
Love it for a guy... girls, not so much.
-- Chrila96  8/10/2010
My mom was going to name me Avery if I were a boy, but since I'm a girl she named me differently. I find this name to fit both genders well but I have a cat named Avery so its weird meeting people named after my cat..
-- MirandaIrie  9/2/2010
I'm sorry, but this name is MUCH too masculine for a girl. I knew an Avery, and has forever cemented the name in my mind as a strictly male name. I don't think I even knew it was a unisex name until recently. Anyway, I do love this name on a boy. It's masculine and warm. But on a girl, just go with Eva or Ava. Avery is just so fully masculine to me!
-- DaphneSusan  9/28/2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this name for a guy, but there's no way I'm using it now because it's become such a common girl's name :( A shame, but it does not sound one bit feminine.
-- Chrila96  9/30/2010
Avery to me is a boy name, no way would I use this name for a little girl. This name was originally a boys name back in approximately 1880 and about 1889 girls started to use it (Or given them I should say)
This name is all male...
It's also properly pronounced AY-vree, not "Ava-ree" (That would be completely incorrect unless it's just your accent making it sound like Ava-ree)
Avarie or some other spelling should be used for the female version. Not Avery which is male. It's a great male name. Terrible girl name.
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2011
I personally think this name is better for a boy. I think it's adorable and unique. Jackson Avery is also a character on Grey's Anatomy.
-- AmandaLeigh88  2/28/2011
I LOVE the name Avery and plan to use this name as a middle name for my son. I HATE this name on a girl. It makes me cringe. It's a MALE name.
-- Katya  3/4/2011
Avery is the name of my son, who is 3 months old. It also means "nobility" in English as well. That is why I chose it, I also read somewhere that it means "happy gift from God", which is quite strange, because my daughter's name is Alayna, which means "My God has answered me". I love the name, I have heard it used both ways, however, Avery fits my son to the fullest.
-- bambie_k  3/29/2011
On a girl, Avery sounds like a dimwitted cheerleader. On a boy, Avery sounds like the name of a wonderful, nice, and handsome man. :D
-- Christina Rose  4/17/2011
Wow everyone calm down! This name is not a MALE name it's a unisex name. And I'm sorry if that bothers you but that's the way it is so get over it.
I think this name is ultra girly, and I tried to see it as masculine, but it just sounds so cute and feminine.
In 2010 6,633 girls were named Avery, and only 1,686 boys named it.
-- krisscouture  5/14/2011
This name? Feminine? Er, no. It's not feminine at all. It is an old, established male name. It goes along the same lines as Logan, Peyton, Jordan, and Mackenzie for girls. It just doesn't suit a woman.
-- Black_X  7/13/2011
I only know one person named Avery: except he spells it Avry. For a boy, I'd spell it Avery, but for a girl I'd spell it Averie. This is one of those unisex names that I really like.
-- blondieboo629  7/26/2011
Well Avery is a male name. It has become a unisex name. But it is derived from a male name. Look it up in the database. It's fine for male or female. But when I think of Avery I think of a boy right away. So I love this name and it's entirely all boy to me. There are many girls with boy names out there and there is no harm in that. But it's definitley masculine with a soft side. Love it!
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2011
What next? Will we see girls named Tom, Wesley, Paul, Michael, Joshua, Isaiah, Issac, Elijah, and the like? Ashley and Robin and Leslie were once exclusively male names, now look. Avery sounds so much better to me on a male than on a female. I can't imagine a girl named Bruno any more than I can imagine a boy named Sue (or Elizabeth, for that matter).
-- gaelruadh19  8/11/2011
This name sounds better on a boy. I cannot picture a girl having this name.
-- Anonymous User  8/14/2011
I've always preferred Avery on a boy. I like Ava for a girl, but Avery for a boy. It's cute and handsome.
-- LittleSamGirl  8/19/2011
I'd call this unisex.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2011
Avery Bradley is an American basketball player.
-- Anonymous User  12/11/2011
I like the name Avery since I've read it in the books of Vampire Academy.
Avery Lazar is a girl who comes with her father and brother to the Academy. She first appeared in Blood Promise.
I like the name, because it sounds like the person who wears this name is very brave and no nonsense. :)
-- bella_forks  2/13/2012
Avery is a character in the Beacon Street Girls book series. I forget the author, it's been so long since I read them, but I really liked her character. She's a tomboy who was adopted as a young age.
-- Anonymous User  3/26/2012
This will never be a girl name to me. It's a boy name, through and through.
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2012
For some reason, Avery sounds very country/cowboy (or girl)-ish to me. Maybe it's the association with the cartoonist Tex Avery (born in Texas, hence his nickname). This is one of the few names that I actually think works very well with both sexes.
-- mrose19  11/6/2012
Two guys in the NBA: Avery Johnson (head coach Brooklyn Nets), Avery Bradley (starting guard Boston Celtics). Avery Brooks, actor (Hawk on Spenser For Hire). Avery Robinson, nephew of Michelle Obama who plays college basketball. Sounds masculine to me.
-- illwil  12/19/2012
I actually really like this name for a boy, it's very unique (even though 100 years ago it wasn't, it would've been very uncommon for a girl, just like so many names today that have obnoxiously been converted into trendy female names) however, I actually do think its very pretty on a girl. But since it was originally meant for a boy, I prefer it that way.
-- Anonymous User  1/14/2013
This name sounds far too masculine, too butch, to be used on a girl; it just sounds like parents are trying too hard to be "unique". They might as well name their daughters "Bruno", "Thomas", or "Alfred".

Avery sounds perfectly handsome on a boy to me. It's not hyper-masculine, but a nice, sensible name.
-- gaelruadh19  1/16/2013
My name is Avery, and I'm a girl when I was younger I hated the name because everyone would always say it was a guys name because of the older brother in the movie Charlotte's web was named Avery... now I'm 15 and absolutely love my name!
-- AveryC  4/19/2013
Nice name for a boy. Über trendy-cutesy for a girl. Personally, I think it's best left as a surname, but if you're gonna go with Avery, please use it for a boy! It's way too trendy on girls and will end up being very dated in about 20 years. It really doesn't sound very good on a woman either. On a boy, this name is very unique and one you don't hear every day, and will most likely get positive reactions. On a girl, its extremely bland. No offense to anyone with the name who is a female, but its really nothing exciting anymore. Doesn't really show and creativity on the parents' part, its just kind of... Unoriginal.
-- Oohvintage  5/24/2013
I have a feeling this name became popular for a girl due to its similarity to Ava. Perhaps some parents see it as a less common alternative to Ava. Perhaps they think it has a similar feel of other French names ending in the "ee" sound that are used for girls (i.e. Elodie, Coralie, Amelie, Natalie).

While I'll admit that Avery sounds pretty for a girl, I can't help but see it as a handsome name for a boy.

Western culture does not seem to like names to be unisex. People NEED to associate a name with one gender. If a masculine name suddenly becomes popular for girls, it will become associated as a girls' name and parents will feel doubtful about using it on boys. This is what happened with Ashley, Courtney, Aubrey, and Kelsey. This is currently in the process of happening with Riley, Peyton, and Avery. The only way to counter this is for parents to not be afraid to name their sons these sort of names.

Do not be afraid to name your son Avery. Ignore the critics! It's 100% manly-sounding and has a long history of being masculine. Those who think it's "girly" are ignorant about it's origin, meaning, and history. Lastly, I personally think Avery sounds no more girlier than Wesley, Henry, or Anthony.
-- Tiger Lilly  6/13/2013
In the movie Despicable Me 2, Margo is texting her friend who she says is named Avery, and her dad goes "Avery? Is that a boy or a girl name?" It made me laugh, but it was kind of sad at the same time, because its quite obvious that this 'unisex' trend has gotten completely out of control. We should never have to wonder if someone named Avery, Riley, Hayden, Payton, or Taylor is male or female. But, that's how it is nowadays. And it's confusing, a hassle, and extremely annoying. I wholeheartedly agree with the comment above. Save Avery, Madison, Aubrey and the rest for the guys and, give your daughters a pretty, classic, FEMININE name!
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2013
Ugh I HATE this name on a girl, this is a male name. I had always planned on naming a son this, but I can't now because I don't want my little boy to have to share a name with a bunch of little girls.
-- citylights  8/31/2013
I am fond of this name. I can easily picture it on a man or a women, although I've never met anyone with the name. Sounds very nice as well.
-- Gio123  9/29/2013
I've heard it said 'av-eh-ry', the A like the first A in 'avatar'.
-- Anonymous User  11/24/2013
I don't see why people think Avery is a girl's name. It doesn't strike me as Feminine at all. It's a form of Alfred. I don't like this whole surname turned girl name trend. I find it tolerable on a boy, however, the name will always remind me of a bird cage. Americans might see the name as feminine but other countries don't - same goes with names like Emerson and Aubrey.
-- Almonds  12/11/2013
I have both a brother named Avery, and babysit a little girl named Avery (she spells it different, and I can't exactly remember how at the moment), and I believe the name is fitted for both genders.
-- rainyrea  3/17/2014
I love the name Avery for a boy. It's really handsome and old fashioned sounding. Definitely considering using this one day!

Avery for a girl is... okay. A bit boring. Don't see how it's spectacular or pretty, and it's so trendy! But I guess a lot of people must like it for it to be #13 in the US.
-- hattie98  3/24/2014
I've only ever heard this name said 'AV-ree', the first syllable rhyming with the first syllable in 'Avatar'.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2014
I think Avery is much more suitable for a girl, the first Avery I heard of (besides for me) was Avery Jennings (G Hannelius) of Disney Channel's Dog With a Blog. The name Avery means, smart, wise. My name is Avery Christine and I absolutely love my name... Avery Is a girls name all round.
-- Avery_p  5/24/2014
Every time I see or hear this name, I think of Sgt-Maj Avery Johnson from the Halo (video game) series.

Effect: it's a guys name peeps. Cant imagine a girl with it at all - sounds waaaaay too masculine for a girl (kinda like naming a girl William or Benjamin or Gregory!)
-- donatella  6/16/2014
I named my son Avery after my Grandfather. It is ultra masculine for a guy and doesn't work well on a girl. Reminds me of girls I went to school with named Jordan or Alex. Seems like a cruel joke to give your daughter a strong male name, like the flip side to a boy named Sue.
-- Avery Michael  9/16/2014

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