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Audrey

Origin: France
gender-female
Region Origin: Western Europe

Audrey is a feminine given name of British origin, meaning "noble strength". It dates back to the Anglo-Norman period and is derived from the Anglo-Saxon name Æðelþryð, which is composed of the elements æðel (noble) and þryð (strength). The name has been used for both girls and, rarely, boys. The name Audrey gained popularity due to its association with Saint Audrey, a 7th-century princess of East Anglia who founded a monastery at Ely. Additionally, the name has been used in literature, such as in William Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It" (1599). However, it became rare at the end of the Middle Ages due to its association with the word "tawdry," which refers to a fair where cheap lace was sold. The name was revived in the 19th century and gained further prominence with the fame of British actress Audrey Hepburn, who personified grace, sophistication, and noble strength.

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