Though first emerging as a masculine name, it seems Aubrey's magical allure simply could not be contained. Springing from German origins, Aubrey enjoyed many variations before settling as the gender-neutral name it is today. Derived from the Old High German title Alberich, the name means "elf ruler" in homage to the mythological figure. In Proto-Germanic, the word albiz is often used interchangeably with any supernatural being, explaining Alberich's form as a powerful dwarf. Boasting the strength of twelve men and an invisible cloak, this enchanting ruler served as an inspiration for many mythological entities in literature—not least of all Shakespeare's fairy king Oberon. As the core identity of young Aubrey's name, this inspiring guardian paves the way for them to embrace their individuality to the fullest.
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