Audrey - yay or nay? any associations?

(41 Posts)
kellyhowells82 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:29:54

Hello all. I need some honest advice about the name Audrey. I am thinking of it for a girl's name - partly as it is currently not very popular (at least not in the UK) but that is also why I am weary of using it! Honest opinions needed!

Many thanks!

NotChristmasCarol Fri 23-Nov-12 09:35:34

It's on my list for DD2 smile

I know from looking at past threads there is some connection with Coronation St but I don't know what it is and whether that's still right <am not English so tend to miss these things>

MolotovCocktail Fri 23-Nov-12 09:35:35

I like it, although it isn't a name I'd personally choose (don't take that as a negative, it's just that it's quite different to my DDs names).

It has a vintage glamour to it - thinking of Audrey Hepburn and classic Hollywood. It sounds classy; 'golden', rich and full.

There's the character Audrey Roberts from Corrie, but what person o your child's generation will know that?

Perhaps not the funkiest name, but very pretty.

scaevola Fri 23-Nov-12 09:40:54

Coronation Street - still a current character with active story lines. DCs might not be familiar, but all the parents will be.

espanol Fri 23-Nov-12 09:41:50

I love it!!! grin It's always been on my list but DH not so keen. I love Audra too

CelineMcBean Fri 23-Nov-12 09:47:52

Audra is much nicer. Audrey is an old lady's name but those come round again like Agnes.

juneybean Fri 23-Nov-12 09:48:40

I loved Audrey a few years ago but every time I mentioned it, people would say "Audrey Roberts"

NotInMyDay Fri 23-Nov-12 09:49:40

Oh I was just coming on to suggest Audra. I think it's beautiful.

I'm afraid Audrey is one of those names that are 'fine' but I don't understand why people like them.

kellyhowells82 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:58:52

Yes I hadn't thought of the Audrey Roberts association so thanks for pointing this out!

I like it. Yes, it is an old lady's name, but it was my grandmother's, so I have positive associations with it.

Also, it reminds me of Twin Peaks, Sherilyn Fenn's character was Audrey if I remember correctly, so I think of it being a bit glamourous as well.

StellaNova Fri 23-Nov-12 10:04:59

I love it. I know a five year old Audrey. I think Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Tautou and Audrey from Twin Peaks (so quirky glamour, basically). I know of the Corrie character but don't associate the name with her - I always think of that actress as Nadia Popov from Rentaghost anyway!

Mintyy Fri 23-Nov-12 10:06:17

Great name!

CelineMcBean Fri 23-Nov-12 10:07:22

It was my grandmother's name too and she was an old lady when I knew her... wink

AndiMac Fri 23-Nov-12 10:08:50

The only Audrey I thought of was Audrey Hepburn. Lovely name, and it makes a change from all the names ending in "a" sounds that are popular right now. Says the woman with a DD with one of those names.

MolotovCocktail Fri 23-Nov-12 11:24:25

Not that this is really relevant, but I like Aubrey and Auden or boys ...

MolotovCocktail Fri 23-Nov-12 11:25:05

Not 'or' boys, but 'for' boys! blush

Auberginestripes Fri 23-Nov-12 11:25:51

A beautiful, beautiful classy name

sparkle12mar08 Fri 23-Nov-12 12:06:32

Lovely, but I prefer Audra.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 23-Nov-12 12:07:33

Audrey Hepburn,closely followed by Audrey Tatou.

MrsBungleBear Fri 23-Nov-12 12:09:18

As others have said Audra is lovely. Sorry I just think Audrey is an old lady name and not a nice one at that.

RosannaBanana Fri 23-Nov-12 12:12:16

Coronation Street. But also Audrey Hepburn. Odd combo!

It's popular in the US IIRC. Possibly because they don't have Coronation Street

agendabender Fri 23-Nov-12 12:17:30

Shakespeare's ^As You Like It^: "Audrey, a simple thing, but mine own." Lovely! If you go with it I insist that you get a quote framed for her wall.

GaryBuseysTeeth Fri 23-Nov-12 12:17:34

If you've seen Liar Liar (with Jim Carey) he has an assistance called Audrey, and a few times he says it in an odd way (hard to describe in text), sort of 'Aurd-dray' but really drawn out.
Now I can't say Audrey without thinking of that film/saying it like that....which is really annoying as Audrey was on our list when I was pg.

However, it's an old film & not very popular....just thought I'd let you know!

It's a lovely name.

agendabender Fri 23-Nov-12 12:17:59

oh bums italics didn't work.

VenetiaLanyon Fri 23-Nov-12 12:19:46

Audrey Forbes-Hamilton. But only remembered by those long of tooth.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 23-Nov-12 12:20:09

I really don't like Audra. It sounds incomplete to me.

Viviennemary Fri 23-Nov-12 12:20:23

I'm not too keen on it. I don't think it's a particularly attractive name. But it's not dreadful. There are plenty of other much nicer names. Associations. Audrey in Coronation Street.

B1ueberries Fri 23-Nov-12 12:26:37

rupert penry-jones mother ??!

blonderthanred Fri 23-Nov-12 12:58:49

Venicia that's Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton to you. My teeth aren't that long though.

I like it, main association is Hepburn but f-h is cool too.

33goingon64 Fri 23-Nov-12 13:10:24

I have good associations - a lovely French girl I was friends with at uni, Audrey Tatou of course (= grace and beauty), and DH's best friend has a 3 yr old Audrey who is absolutely stunning and very sweet. They are Anglo/Jewish-Chinese and somehow the name works.

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Fri 23-Nov-12 13:11:00

I like it because of the Audrey Hepburn connection.

I want to like it, and it was on our girls name list for a while.....but when I say it out loud, it sounds very dour. Like Maude.

It makes me do a frown face sad

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Fri 23-Nov-12 13:14:02

"Audrey, a simple thing...but mine own"

Not sure that's a good quote for your child's wall.

NotChristmasCarol Fri 23-Nov-12 13:21:25

I'm currently quite focused on name meanings, and Audrey stacks up pretty well. Ok, except for the "tawdry" wrinkle, which I think can be overlooked now we're well past the sixth-century....


Audrey meaning and name origin:

Audrey \a(u)-drey, aud-rey\ as a girl's name is pronounced AW-dree. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Audrey is "noble strength". Also the root, via Saint Audrey, for the word "tawdry", due to lace and goods sold at Saint Audrey's Fair in England. Saint Audrey was a sixth-century English princess also known as Etheldreda. Literary: Shakespeare used the name for Touchstone's comic sweetheart in "As You Like It". Actress Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey has 17 variant forms: Audelia, Audene, Audessa, Audi, Audie, Audra, Audrea, Audree, Audreen, Audri, Audria, Audrie, Audrielle, Audrina, Audris, Audry and Audrye. See also related names Aubrey, Audriana and Elfrida.

Baby names that sound like Audrey are Adrea, Adare, Adrah, Adra, Adoree, Adore, Adoray, Adrie, Adria, Adreea, Edrea and Eudore.

I love it, and was sad I couldn't use it because of family reasons sad but it's a lovely name, go for it!

sweetfluffybunnies Fri 23-Nov-12 13:26:08

My dd's middle name is Audrey, after my mother. DD doesn't like it but I firmly believe that although it's not currently popular, it is going to make a comeback like so many other old-fashioned names.

Like it, but prefer audrina or Aubrey

Lutrine Fri 23-Nov-12 18:13:18

We have it on our list too. My DH said "you're probably thinking Hepburn and I think of the plant and girl in Little Shop of Horrors" though! It's staying on there though!

shutitweirdo Fri 23-Nov-12 18:22:12

It was my other choice for dd.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 23-Nov-12 20:51:49

I think of my dd smile

Glitterspy Sun 25-Nov-12 20:11:06

It's one of my absolute favourites. 'Quirky glamour' is a great way to describe, and agendabender thanks for the quote ref!

Allthesanityinme Sun 25-Nov-12 20:43:06

Its old fashioned but classy and a strong name iykwim. I would go for it if you love it

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now