"ruler of the elves"

Avery Origin and Meaning

The name Avery is a girl's name of English origin meaning "ruler of the elves".

Avery originated in the Middle Ages as a Norman-French pronunciation variation of the Anglo-Saxon name Alfred and the Ancient Germanic name Alberich. The elements aelf, meaning "elf" and ric, meaning "ruler" give Avery its meaning. While Avery is considered by many to be a surname name, it was a given name first. It was used as a patronymic surname when England began to require last names.

Though this unisex name has been around for a few decades, Avery is now a hot one for girls, partly as an alternative to the epidemic Ava. The female Avery has had a meteoric rise, moving up from Number 802 in 1990 to just outside the Top 10 in recent years. While it's still well-used for boys, it's among the most popular girls' names starting with A. Three times as many girls as boys were named Avery in 2021.

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn may have started it all when they chose it for their daughter in 2005, just as they did with daughters Finley and Emery. Amy Locane used the name in 2009 and now Dr. Phil has a granddaughter named Avery.

On 30 Rock, Elizabeth Banks had an extended cameo playing Alec Baldwin's glamorous fiancée, Avery Jessup.

# 26 in the US

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Avery Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Avery

  • Avery (born Anna Marie Iannitelli)American pop singer
  • Avery Laurel Hansonsister of the musical Hanson brothers
  • Troian Avery BellisarioAmerican actress
  • Avery Singer (b. 1995)daughter of reality TV's Ramona Singer ("The Real Housewives of New York")
  • Avery Resnikoffdaughter of Meg Resnikoff, co,founder of YouTube channel "whatsupmoms"
  • Avery Grace Sehorn (b. 2005)daughter of actors Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon
  • Avery Hope Bovenizer (b. 2009)daughter of actress Amy Locane
  • Avery Elizabeth McGraw (b. 2010)daughter of Jay Phillip McGraw and Erica Dahm; granddaughter of Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Avery Julie Sansone (b. 2012)daughter of news anchor Julie Banderas
  • Avery Suterdaughter of ice hockey player Ryan Suter
  • Avery Hutchinsondaughter of ice hockey player Andrew Hutchinson
  • Avery Sherman (b. 2016)daughter of NFL player Richard Sherman
  • Avery Chen (b. 2016)daughter of actors Andie Chen and Kate Pang
  • Grace Avery Costner (b. 2010)daughter of actor Kevin Costner
  • Avrey OvardYoutuber

Avery in Pop Culture

  • Avery Jessupcharacter on TV's "30 Rock"
  • Avery Jenningscharacter on TV's "Dog with a Blog"
  • Avery Bailey Clarkcharacter on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Avery Corinthoscharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Avery BrownMurphy's mother on TV's "Murphy Brown"
  • Avery Bishopcharacter in film "Jerry Maguire"
  • Avery Schultzcharacter on TV's "The Mentalist"
  • Avery Ryancharacter on TV's "CSI:Cyber" played by Patricia Arquette
  • Averycharacter in the game "Hustle Cat"
  • Avery Whitbournecharacter in film "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish"
  • Avery Fullercharacter from Katherine McGee's book series "The Thousandth Floor"

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