Aubrey for a boy?

I love the name [name]Auberon[/name], nn [name]Aubrey[/name]. I feel like [name]Aubrey[/name] is usable for a boy despite its popularity because it has a long history as a masculine name. For boys, [name]Aubrey[/name] is a classic: on girls, it’s a trendy newcomer. Admittedly, a very popular trendy newcomer. So, can [name]Aubrey[/name] work for boys? Or am I setting the poor kid up for a lifetime of teasing?

If his name is [name]Auberon[/name] then I don’t see it as setting him up for teasing at all, since that is a male name. If you use [name]Aubrey[/name] instead as a first name then the teasing and confusion potential increase. [name]Aubrey[/name] seems quite popular for girls at the moment, but this still translates to about 1 in 400 girls or so with this name compared with around 6-8 girls in 400 for [name]Isabella[/name]. [name]Taylor[/name] ranks higher than [name]Aubrey[/name] as a girl’s name and yet some still think it is unisex. I think part of the issue with [name]Aubrey[/name] is that it sounds a lot like [name]Audrey[/name] too.

But of course, he may get some teasing. But a lifetime, no. And in general people over estimate just how much teasing there is, although it can take a more confident child to wear such a name.

It can totally work.

[name]Aubrey[/name] is the real first name of American rapper ‘[name]Drake[/name]’.

I love [name]Aubrey[/name] for a boy and really don’t like it for a girl.

I like [name]Auberon[/name] and totally dislike [name]Aubrey[/name]. There is a country town named [name]Oberon[/name].

What’s popular is relative. I’ve only known two Aubreys- my 30 something male cousin and a 2yr old girl. People (including me) constantly slip and call her [name]Audrey[/name] because [name]Aubrey[/name] is very much a man’s name to most around here

I think [name]Aubrey[/name] is awesome on a boy. Totally doable, especially if it’s a nickname for [name]Auberon[/name].
I went to high school with guys named [name]Kelly[/name], [name]Garnet[/name] and [name]Casey[/name], and there were way more girl Kellys and Caseys in the school but they were both pretty popular guys and did just fine with a boy name that had also taken a jump in popularity for girls.

[name]Auberon[/name] is very cool. [name]Aubrey[/name] is unisex, so I don’t think it’s a problem to use it on a boy, or a girl.

I love [name]Aubrey[/name] on a boy, so historic and handsome. However it’s in the top 50 for girls and in my particular locale, very common for a girl. I decided not to use it after asking around to a couple of preschool and daycare workers I knew, to find out whether it’s common in my region. I was surprised that it was “all girl” to them and not even unisex. You might try the same approach to get a feel for how the name would be perceived in your area, and what kind of reaction it gets if you explain, “It’s short for [name]Auberon[/name].” Best wishes!

[name]Auberon[/name] nn [name]Aubrey[/name] is completely usable as a boy’s name. It was and still is a boys name so it’s lovely to hear someone want to reclaim it as a masculine option. People have to get over their gender bias in regards to names. [name]Just[/name] because there are more girls named [name]Aubrey[/name]/[name]Aubree[/name]/[name]Aubrie[/name] doesn’t mean it’s a girls name and no longer a male name. If you love it, go for it!

I must disagree with the other posters. You have to think about the child. I have only met female Aubreys. If you call him [name]Auberon[/name], then that is great. If you call him [name]Aubrey[/name], he will probably know several little girls named [name]Aubrey[/name]. [name]How[/name] would he feel about that?

I sort of disagree with both of these points (although that sounds contradictory). On the one hand I don’t think people can just ignore that it is number 44 in the ranking for girls (and maybe rising) and not in the top 1000 for boys, even though it historically been used as a boy’s name. This boy has to grow up in these times, not the past where more people will associate the name to a girl’s name. Playground bullies won’t care if he whips out a name dictionary and shows them how the name has been used in the past. On the other hand, I am not sure he will meet that many girls named [name]Aubrey[/name] (one, two or three perhaps depending on the area) but about 1 in 300-400 girls are named [name]Aubrey[/name] so what are the odds? It’s when a name gets into the top 20 you really start to notice it much more I would think.

I don’t like it on a boy. It’s very much a girls name to me

Completely agree with this bit.

I think it can definitely work for a boy. I despise [name]Aubrey[/name] on a girl, but I really like it on a boy. I love [name]Auberon[/name] too and [name]Aubrey[/name] is a great nickname.

Maybe because I’ve known several female Aubreys, it just seems way too feminine on a boy for me, even if it is historically a male name. It might be the -brey ending, it just strikes me as quite feminine.
As far as [name]Drake[/name]'s real name being [name]Aubrey[/name], remember that he goes by [name]Drake[/name] nowadays, perhaps for a reason.

as far as I am concerned [name]Aubrey[/name] to be has always been a boy’s name. I love it.