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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, contracted from Etheldreda, a Latinized form of Old English Æðelðryð, literally "noble might," from æðele "noble" (see atheling) + ðryð "strength, might."


Audrey is an English feminine given name. It is the Anglo-Norman form of the Anglo-Saxon name Æðelþryð, composed of the elements æðel "noble" and þryð "strength". The Anglo-Norman form of the name was applied to Saint Audrey (d. 679), also known by the historical form of her name as Saint Æthelthryth. The same name also survived into the modern period in its Anglo-Saxon form, as Etheldred, e.g. Etheldred Benett (1776–1845).

In the 17th century, the name of Saint Audrey gave rise to the adjective tawdry "cheap and pretentious; cheaply adorned" (after a fair of St. Audrey where cheap lace was sold). As a consequence, use of the name declined, but it was revived in the 19th century. Popularity of the name in the United States peaked in the interbellum period, but it fell below rank 100 in popularity by 1940 and was not frequently given in the later half of the 20th century; Audrey was the 173rd most common name for females in the United States in the 1990 census. its popularity has again been on the rise since the 2000s, reaching rank 100 in 2002 and rank 41 in 2012. It was also ranked in the top 100 most common names for girls in France, Belgium, and Canada in the 2000s.

Audrey (band)

Swedish four-piece Audrey formed in 2001 in Henån, Sweden. The band first formed in a run-down music house that was going to be demolished during their time there. According to the band there were mice running on the floor and the pipes were frozen. In this harsh environment they started playing together. After Rebecka Kristiansson and Victoria Skoglund graduated from high school they decided to move to Gothenburg. Anna and Emelie followed shortly and Gothenburg opened up some new opportunities for them, the city providing a larger scene and audience.

In Gothenburg they came in contact with some other musicians that helped them record a demo in the studio of an artist's collective in the summer of 2003. The demo helped them get more live shows in Sweden.

Later they recorded an EP in Gothenburg, that would set them on the path to many tours, mostly in Germany. A record company wanted to release their EP and they performed their first show in Germany in Hamburg.

In 2005, they began recording their debut album Visible Forms. On this album they took in some outside inspiration from Paul Bothén. He had produced other artists like Kristofer Åström and The Bear Quartet. Visible Forms was recorded at Element Studios in Gårda, Gothenburg. They held the release party at Haga Teatern in Gothenburg in May 2006. It was released on A Tenderversion Recording, a label started by Martin Lundmark (otherwise known as bassist in September Malevolence).

The following years Audrey mostly toured around in Europe. After performing many shows they went to record yet another record and this time they wanted to do produce it themselves. But rehearsing had become a problem because the band members had moved to different cities around Sweden. Victoria Skoglund first moved to Västerås, then Emelie Molin moved to Stockholm. Still the heart of their music stayed in Gothenburg, but it would sooner rather than later be moved to Malmö. They prepared for second album by recording with a friend Nicklas Sandström, in his basement outside of Västerås. Nicklas had joined the band briefly during the first Visible Forms tour, but now he helped them with recording a demo before the real album was to be recorded with Mathias Oldén at Mission Hall Studio in Sebbarp. The Fierce and the Longing was recorded during two weeks during Christmas 2007.

To bind together all of the cities they now lived in, Victoria having moved to Malmö, they held three release parties in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm in spring 2008. A lot of touring followed this album too and they played in a lot of new countries in Europe. In April 2009 they went to Japan, where Zankyo Records released their albums.

All of the artwork presented with the records is created by Victoria Skoglund.

Audrey (magazine)

Audrey Magazine, or also known as Audrey, was an award-winning national publication covering the Asian experience, as seen from the perspective of Asian American women. Published quarterly throughout the U.S.

Audrey (owarai)

, is a Japanese owarai duo of as boke and as tsukkomi, formed in 2000. The duo has won 2nd place in the M-1 Grand Prix 2008 competition. As of February 2009, the duo belongs to the management company K Dash Stage Co., Ltd.

Audrey (1916 film)

Audrey was a 1916 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players Film Company and released through Paramount Pictures. The film stars Pauline Frederick and was directed by Robert G. Vignola. It is based on a novel of the same name about an orphan by Mary Johnston. The film is now considered lost.

Audrey (disambiguation)

Audrey may be

  • Audrey, Anglo-Norman given name from Æðelþryð
  • Audrey, an owarai or comedy duo in Japan
  • Hurricane Audrey, a 1957 hurricane that devastated Louisiana
  • The 3Com Audrey, a short-lived Internet appliance
  • Audrey, a US magazine for Asian American women
  • Audrey, a Swedish music group
  • Audrey, a painting by Philip Richard Morris
  • Audrey, best-selling 1902 novel by Mary Johnston
  • , a Japanese television series produced by NHK in 2000.

Usage examples of "audrey".

While Audrey Noel was dressing sunbeams danced desperately on the white wall, like little lost souls with no to-morrow, or gnats that wheel and wheel in brief joy, leaving no footmarks on the air.

Over her dark blue velvet dress she wore a loose motor-coat, with a great chinchilla collar, but above it Audrey, who would have given a great deal to be able to hate her, found her rather pathetic, a little droop to her mouth, dark circles which no veil could hide under her eyes.

All the way down-stairs Audrey was praying, not articulately, but in her heart, that this was indeed the end.

I have been over it and over it in my mind, and while I was in Peru (which is where I was, looking at bauxite deposits, when Audrey Wyler's letter of enquiry came in to the Deep Earth post box in Desperation), I dreamed of it a dozen or more times.

Nice neighbors, the kind of folks that drop everything when they hear on the radio that the Red Cross is getting low on O, and none of them knew that Audrey Wyler, the quiet widow who lived between the Sodersons and the Reeds, was now starring in her own Hammer film.

Audrey glanced down the block, suddenly sure she was imagining the whole thing, and that reality would snap back into place like a released elastic as soon as she saw the Hobart place standing intact.

In May of 1982, when she was twenty-one and still Audrey Garin, she and her roommate (who was also her best friend, then and ever), Janice Goodlin, had spent a wonderful weekend very likely the most perfect weekend of Audrey's life at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.

It was these things and not her current troubles that Audrey concentrated on when she felt Tak digging into her with its unseen but exquisitely painful teeth, trying to batten on her and feed from her.

She stood up, and Jan that young Jan, still with both breasts intact stopped her chatter at once and looked at Audrey with sad eyes.

Murmuring under her breath, unaware she was doing it, Audrey said, 'Why don't we just stand down?

Seth's eyes were open but blank both he and Tak were gone, all right, maybe recharging the batteries, maybe sleeping open-eyed like a lizard on a hot rock, maybe just digging the goddamned movie in some deep and elemental way Audrey would never be able to comprehend.

The Regulators had about twenty minutes left to run in this, its nine billionth showing at casa Wyler, and Audrey thought she could count on at least that long.

Audrey had awide face and a few freckles, though he bet she had a lot more when she wasa kid.

Her legs, long and pretty (the first things about her to attract Herb back in the days when she had still been Audrey Garin), were stretched out before her, and Peter almost stumbled over them in his sleepwalk to the front door.

Greta was dead, and Audrey was no longer quite alive, and so Maxwell, in a way, had been entirely subsumed by betweens.