We finish Week A with another old name that I think seriously needs a second look at.
The similarity between Auberon and Oberon is notable, and the pair are almost certainly linked. The name Oberon is a literary one – coming from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, where the character of Oberon was the king of the fairies. The name is also celestial, as one of the moon’s of Uranus has been dubbed Oberon.
Probably one of the most noted pieces of TV this year is the fight between Prince Oberyn Martell and Ser Gregor Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones. I remember sitting in the kitchen when my friend’s upstairs were watching it together, and hearing a collective 5-person scream that marked the climax of the fight. Prince Oberyn Martell is probably one of the more famed uses of the name in the media at the moment.
The name Auberon derives from Alberich, a name which derives from two Germanic elements:
- alfi, which means elf
- ric, which means ruler
Hence, the name means king of the elfs, which is a mighty fine name meaning if I do say so myself.
As well as relations with Oberon the name Auberon is also related to Aubrey, whom also derives from Alberich. These days, you’re more likely to meet an Aubrey of either gender than an Auberon, with the name ranking at #850 for the girls and #959 for the boys in England&Wales in 2013, whereas Auberon ranks at #3822. In fact, if you meet a girl called Aubrey, she might just be spelling it as Aubree, which with a rank of #750, outranks Aubrey. This is a marked change from when in 2012, the names shared a rank of #1253.
It’s also worth noting that if you go to the USA, the chances of meeting a little girl named Aubrey is quite high as in 2013 the name ranked as high as #18, and #52 if spelled Aubree.
With the name Auberon you have a name that holds his own charms, despite these days been completely overshadowed by his more famous cousins. He’s a little bit quirky, but fabulous in his own rights with a meaning that kinda rocks.