User comments for Avery (Meaning / History Only)

Avery is Anglo-Saxon for 'Ruler of the Elves.'
― Anonymous User  8/29/2006
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
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
Avery is an Old English name. Derived from the name Alfred. Don't know how it became a girl name. Guess somebody thought it was pretty then deemed it unisex. Sure wouldn't name my girl Alfred. I'm 32 and I know 4 grown men named Avery all 32 years old or older. Then in the 90s people decided it was a unisex name, don't get it.
Maimgon  10/3/2015

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