My husband and I were visiting a preschool classroom one day when I saw a colorful display of students’ names on the wall along with their photos. The name I was the most drawn to was a girl named Avery. This confused my husband. “You mean, like the label company?” he asked. I had to laugh, because even though I see this word everywhere in my office, I’d never thought of that take on it. Needless to say, some people might think of a company instead of a name when they hear Avery, but I still think it’s a very cool choice.
Avery means Elf Counsel or Ruler of Elves, a meaning that comes from the male name Alfred. It's a fascinating origin, and a little unexpected—perfect for honoring an Alfred if you aren't into Alfreda. Avery is also a surname.
Update: Avery is a top 20 name! For 2014, it is ranked at 13.
Avery is catching on like cheesy games at a baby shower right now. It was the number 52 name in 2006 for girls, and I expect it to climb considerably for 2007. Because it can be considered a unisex name, some parents are using it for boys, and it sat at number 212 as a male name in 2006 — or 186 for boys in 2014.
Celebrities adore the name Avery. Here's a sampling of how it's been used by stars in recent years:
- Avery Grace, daughter of Angie Harmon
- Avery Jack, son of Sara Evans
- Avery James, son of Leanza Cornett