Awbrey/Aubrey Name Origins and Variations

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Aubrey/Awbrey Name Origin Study
Research Conducted in 2018 By Cole Aubrey And Stuart Awbrey

Note: This research does not include information on the Aubrey/Awbrey ancestor who came from Normandy to England.



History of Normandy:

(Wikipedia - History of Normandy)

The area of France known as Normandy extends from north of Dieppe in the northeast, southwest to Alençon, slightly northwest to Avranches and north to Cherbourg.

The name came about due to the Norse, men of the north, invasions. They came from what is current day Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The Norse that stayed in the conquered areas eventually made treaties, and swore allegiance, to the King of France.

Norman Language:

(Wikipedia - Norman Language)

The Norse tribes spoke the Germanic (Teutonic) language. The people in this region spoke a romance language. Over time, the Norse became assimilated by the romance speaking people. The combining of the language spoken by the Norse was merged into the romance language into what became the Norman language.

Anglo-Norman, or Anglo-Norman French, is a dialect of Norman is a variety of the Norman language used in England and to a lesser extent elsewhere in the British Isles during the Anglo-Norman period – 1066-1204.

Norman Names:

(British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning, with List of Scandinavian, Frisian, Anglo-Saxon and Norman Names by Rev. Henry Barber – published 2nd Edition 1903 link) (This is an e-book that is not free – not all pages can be viewed)

p. 66-67 –

Norman Names

A great deal has been written about the Roll of Battell Abbey and the companions of the Conqueror, which is doubtless of great interest to those who claim to be descendants of the persons therein recorded.

There was such a roll suspended in the great hall of the building, and it bore the names of 645 knights, but it has disappeared long ago, as well as the other relics of the battle, which were removed to Cowdray, and perished in the great fire there in 1 793.

There are several copies more or less imperfect. The lists which appear to be the most authentic are : Duchesne's list, taken from the abbey charter, containing 405 names; Leland's collection, with 498 names; Magny's catalogue, with 425 names; Delisle's, with 485 names. These are all of a much later date than the Conquest, probably temp. Ed. I.

Of the great array of time-honoured names very few are now borne by direct representatives. They exist rather among the old gentry than in the peerage. In the majority of cases the later descendants of illustrious families have sunk into poverty and obscurity unconscious of their origin, and this was more likely to be the case with the younger branches, since the name or title of the family went with the elder line that inherited the estates.

The following names have been collected from the lists above mentioned. Many of them will be found in Domesday Book, and where such is the case they may be considered to be genuine followers of the Conqueror. It is obvious that those which compare favourably with Domesday Book are the most reliable, and others which do not stand that test may be looked upon as of later date. The names of some of the Flemings who accompanied William are also included in this list.

Much doubt has long existed as to the authenticity of the several versions which have appeared at different times, claiming to be a roll of the names of the Norman invaders who survived the battle of Hastings, but it is manifest that many of those recorded, even if they were ever upon the original document deposited with the monks of Battell Abbey, are not found to correspond with either the tenants-in-chief or the under tenants of Domesday Book at the time of the Survey (a.d. 1086). On the other hand, the last mentioned — of whom there is a great number — have hardly a place upon the roll.

It is well known that the heralds of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were not scrupulous in adding names to the list.

Queen Isabella of France, the consort of Edward II., introduced in her train many personages bearing surnames previously unknown in England. The Rotuli Normanniae, R. Hundredorum, and R. de Oblatis et Finibus, temp. Regis Johannis, Testa de Neville, Pipe Rolls, etc., are valuable evidence as to Norman names. The place-names of Normandy have been added. The asterisk denotes a tenant-in-chief.

(following the above is an index of names with the following entry – no other entries under “A” seem applicable) Aybeuare (John Aubry). Aubevoye, loc. n. (no explanation for “loc. n.”)

p. 86 – Under heading “British Family Names”

Aubrey. N.-Fr. De Alebrai Norm. 1198. Sir Reg. A. held lands in Brecknock, 1088. N.-Fr. Aubraye, a place planted with elders.

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Aubery. See Aubrey.

Aubrey. Sir Reginald Aubrey, 1088, was granted lands in Brecknock by Bernard de Newmarché. The Norman origin of this family is admitted. It may be the same as the family of Alvery, or Alfrey. Osmond de Alebrai and Samson de A. occur in Normandy, 1198 (MRS). Hence the Baronets Aubrey.


Name Variations From the Following Research:

Alpha listing: Abra, Abree, Abrey, Ælfric (Elric), Albareta, Alberic, Alberich, Alberico, Alberich, Alberichas, Albericus, Alberigo, Alberyk, De Alebrai, Albrico, Auberjr, Auberade, Auberon, Aubevoye, Aubery, Aubraye, Aubree, Aubrée, Aubrie, Aubrey, Aubry, Avery, Awbrey, Aybeuare, De Alebrai, Debree from D’Aubri, Oberon (literature)

The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States of America – published 1874

(The Norman People-- link)

Search "Aub" findings:

p. 134 - Abra, for Abrey or Aubrey.

Auberjr. See Aubrey.

Aubrey. Sir Reginald Aubrey, 1088, was granted lands in Brecknock by Bernard de Newmarch^. The Norman origin of this family is admitted. It may be the same as the family of Alvery, or Alfbet.

A. occur in Normaiidy, 1108 (MRS).

Hence the Baronets Aubrey.

Abree, for Aubrey.

Abrey. See Aubrey.

Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison

(Surnames of the United Kingdom link) Aubrey (A.-Fr.-Teut.) Elf-Ruler

[A.Fr. Aubr(e)y, Teut. Alberic(h -O.H.Ger. *alb, elf + *rih (Goth. Reik-s), ruler]
Aubrey Bunt. – Hund. Rolls.
Alberic-us Balister.-Pat. Rolls.
The corresponding A.-Sax. Name is Ælfric: v. Avery
(Fr.-Lat.) Dweller at a white-poplar grove.
[Fr. Aubraye, Aubrée – O.F. aubraye, auberade, &c., L.Lat. albareta – albar-us, white poplar; Lat. Alb-us, white]

p. 222 – Daubray. See Aubrey

p. 227 – Debree, from D’Aubri, Nomandy (Lower). See Aubrey

Behind the Name

(Behind the Name link)


Gender: Masculine USAGE: Ancient Germanic, Germanic Mythology

Meaning & History: Derived from the Germanic [ elements alf "elf" and ric "power". Alberich was the name of the sorcerer king of the dwarfs in Germanic mythology. He also appears in the 'Nibelungenlied' as a dwarf who guards the treasure of the Nibelungen.

Categories: defence, kings, mythology, strength

Names Related to Alberich: (link)

ENGLISH: Auberon, : Aubrey
ITALIAN: Alberico

Feminine Forms:

ENGLISH: Aubree, Aubrie

Other Forms:


Family Tree of Above Names:

Family Tree of Name Variations

Information from above link “Aubrey (English)”:

Meaning & History: (Aubrey) Norman French form of the Germanic name ALBERICH. As an English masculine name it was common in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century. Since the mid-1970s it has more frequently been given to girls, due to Bread's 1972 song 'Aubrey' along with its similarity to the established feminine name Audrey.

Related Names:

VARIANT: Auberon
FEMININE FORMS: Aubree, Aubrie
VARIANT: Alberic (Germanic Mythology)
Ælfric (Anglo-Saxon),
Aubrey, Auberon (English),
Alberico (Italian),
Elric (Medieval English)
  • Sources & References: Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 71

Nordic Names – Aubry

(Nordic Names - Aubrey link)

Origin and Meaning: French form of Alberich

References: several are provided.

Name Doctor

(Name Doctor link)



MEANING: This name derives from the Old High German name “Alberich”, composed of two elements: “*albiz” (elf, sprite, fairy, supernatural being) plus “*rīkijaz” (kingly, royal, noble, mighty, distinguished, powerful, rich). In turn the name means “powerful elf, king of the elves”. Oberon is a king of the fairies in medieval and Renaissance literature. He is best known as a character in William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which he is Consort to Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Alberich was the king of the dwarves in Norse mythology, and is also present in the Nibelungenlied. Saint Albéric of Cîteaux († 1108), was a Christian saint and abbot, one of the founders of the Cistercian Order. In the Middle High German Nibelungenlied, Alberich is a dwarf, who guards the treasure of the Nibelungen, but is overcome by Siegfried. News of the gold robbery and ring of power incited gods and giants alike to action.

Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison

(Surnames of the United Kingdom link) (This is an eBook – not free)

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Aubrey Surnames in the United Kingdom



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