Gender: Male Meaning of Avery: "ruler of the elves" Origin of Avery: English Avery's Popularity in 2018: #191

Avery Origin and Meaning

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

Avery's a last-name-first-name being used increasingly for girls -- perhaps because of Avery's similarity to Ava and Ivory. It's still well-used for boys and is one of today's most popular unisex names. About 2000 baby boys were named Avery in 2018, compared with about 8000 baby girls.

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Rank in US: #191

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Pop Culture References for the name Avery

Averey, Avory, Avry


MandaFern Says:


Avery will always be a boy's name first. As a boy's name, Avery has been in the charts since they started tracking in 1900. It didn't even make the Social Security charts in the US as a girls name until 1989.

TechnoKitten Says:


I like it on girls,But I adore it on boys!

IlianaRene Says:


Love for a boy. Deeply dislike for a girl.

MJadeF Says:


I love the name Avery for a boy. I might use it one day. It's okay for a girl, too, but I like it better as a boy's name.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Thank you.

headintheclouds Says:


I like Avery equally on a boy and girl, and I feel it is truly a unisex name. It has an air of whimsy and mystery to it, while also retaining that accessible girl/boy-next-door feeling. I'm glad that Avery still has quite widespread use on boys even though it's being increasingly used on girls; I hope it won't go down the way of Ashley!

Janie Says:


My daughter's name is Avery Kelli

hmg1204 Says:


I hate nameberry's description for unisex names on boys they act like this name is so much better used on girls which is not true at all and then when they talk about unisex names on girls they act like its an amazing name for a little girl I personally like this name for both genders I think nameberry should learn that a unisex name is a name for either gender not a name just for girls.

chibiyui Says:


You know Nameberry, you can't keep doing this "This name is totally cute for girls" and then on the boys page go "This name is increasingly used for girls, here are more manly options". Either it's totes cool to use names regardless of sex or it's not. STOP BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM NAMEBERRY.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


And people may not like those names, but LOVE the name Avery, so I say let them use what they love.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Honesty this is ridiculous. Why can't people just accept other people's opinion and likes/dislikes? If someone likes this name on a girl, cool! If it really upsets you that much you need to toughen up tbh.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Technically, names cannot be stolen. But with so many boy names being converted to unisex and suddenly being declared as no longer being appropriate for boys - by certain people's opinions, it often feels as if they are. Also, if you're going to use meanings as a way to dictate sex, then I guess Elizabeth is unisex since "pledged to god" implies no specific sex.

p.s - Avery doesn't have a specifically masculine meaning, but it is the French form of Alfred so... it kinda does imply a specific sex, even if people don't want to acknowledge it.

shannon8 Says:


This was my favourite name for a boy, but my partner doesn't like it so it can't be used. :(

indiefendi2 Says:


I like this equally on both genders, which is quite rare for me to say.

clairels Says:


I'm so sick of hearing this. Names cannot be "stolen." Also, show me how "ruler of the elves" implies a specific gender.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's quite popular for both genders, actually.

raevynstar Says:


I agree. There's also Aviana, in that case. :)

caroblaise Says:


I prefer this on a boy, because it's very different, yet masculine. But for a girl, it is a fresher version of Ava.

Myosotis Says:


Avery is all boy to me. It's because of a Simpsons episode, in which there was a comic book character called Avery Man (Everyman). As that was the first time a I ever heard the name as well, I just can't imagine it on a girl. I don't have particularly strong feelings towards it, but I do love Bravery! (Yes, seriously :))

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Avery is not a girl name, it is unisex. I first heard it on a boy. I thought it sounded okay for a girl. Didn't realise until recently it was unisex.mI'm not a fan of it in general, but but it works for both.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I like it for girls because Ava is too popular and I swear every other girl I hear about being born is named Ava (Ava Paige, actually to be exact).

mckaylalove Says:


Is there no reason a name cannot be unisex and be used by both genders?

raevynstar Says:


I hate the fact that this is going to the girls. Why not use Ava?

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Avery Milan sounds like a girl's name to me. Just letting you know, Milan is also considered unisex and I've only known girls with both names so unless it's a family name I would at least rethink the middle name.

EvieWen Says:


If I have a boy (due 6-5-14) his name will be Avery Milan :) love it. Although my 6 year old says Avery is not a boy name LOL her name is Reese and her older brother's name is Cameron.

banomi Says:


Thanks. The middle names are family names.

lillian85 Says:


What a great name!

banomi Says:


Will be my son's name: Avery Edward Francis.