I found the comments on the Aubrey vs. Audrey post very interesting. Four people stated that they wouldn’t name a baby girl Aubrey because Aubrey is a boy name.
They’re correct, of course. Aubrey has been given to baby boys for hundreds of years.
But, if they’re in the U.S., they’re also incorrect. Here, Aubrey has been used primarily for baby girls since the mid-1970s, and the name is more popular for females right now than it’s ever been for males.
So, in terms of history, Aubrey is a boy name. But in terms of usage, at least in this region, Aubrey is a girl name.
I wonder…for those in the “Aubrey is a boy name” camp (and in the U.S.), how long would Aubrey have to be used primarily for girls before you’d accept it as a girl name? Or would you refuse to accept it as a girl name, regardless of usage?