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The first name 

Avery is a unisex first name, but it's given significantly more often to girls than boys.

Avery is well-known and popular!

Avery is a very popular first name in the United States. It is currently ranked 32 in the SmartGenius ranking, and tens of thousands of babies are named Avery each year: around 0.30 % of all newborn babies.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Avery mean?

The name Avery was originally an Old English surname, which in turn was derived from a Norman French form of the given names Alberich or Alfred. These are derived from Old High German ‘alb’, meaning ‘elf/elf/natural spirit’, and from ‘ric’, meaning ‘power/mighty/king/ruler’. Avery can therefore be interpreted as ‘the powerful nature spirit/elf’.

Several famous people are called Avery

An actor and jazz singer

Avery Brooks (*1948)
He is an American actor, singer and jazz musician. Brooks is best known for his role as Benjamin Sisko in the television series 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', which aired from 1993 to 1999. He also has a career as a jazz singer and musician. Brooks has released several albums and has performed on many stages in the US and Europe.

An actor and comedian

Avery Schreiber (1935 - 2002)
Avery Schreiber was an American actor and comedian known mainly for the television series 'The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour', which he co-hosted with Jack Burns. He starred in numerous series and films, most notably television sitcoms and a series of popular commercials for Doritos tortilla chips. Besides these, Schreiber was also a successful theater and stage actor and had roles in numerous theater productions and theater tours.

An American writer

Avery Corman (*1935)
Avery Corman is an American writer known mainly for his novel 'Kramer vs. Kramer' (1977). The novel, which was a great success, was made into a film in 1979, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Corman's works often feature real-life stories and depict the daily challenges of life. He is also known for the books 'Oh, God!' (1971) or '50' (1987).

U.S. basketball player and coach

Avery Johnson (*1965)
Avery Johnson is a former US basketball player and coach. He is known for his skills as a point guard and was selected for the NBA All-Star Game several times during his career. He then worked as a coach - first as an assistant coach (Denver Nuggets) and later as a head coach for the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets. In addition to his coaching work, he is also a TV analyst and publishes books.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Avery, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Avery? Are you also called Avery? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

On the moon,...

a small lunar impact crater, located near the eastern limb, is called Avery.

3580 Avery...

is the name of a 24,85 miles (40 km) diameter asteroid, discovered by N. G. Thomas in 1983 and named after his son.

Many places...

in the United States carry the name Avery. There are some in North Carolina, Oklahoma and California.

The David Geffen Hall...

was formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall. It is a famous concert hall in New York and home venue of the New York Philharmonic.

Avery -
in the 2000s more popular than ever before

If we dig really deep into our statistics, we find that there are very few first names that have been consistently popular for so long that they have been given to newborns in every single year since the beginning of our records in 1880. In fact, there are only 910 first names that appear in our statistics in every single year, and Avery is one of those very special classics. At the same time, Avery has never been more popular than it is in this century - in 2018, the name even made it to rank #28 of the most popular first names, easily landing in the top 100 of our SmartGenius first name statistics.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Avery was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Happy Birthday - 7,883 kids named Avery celebrate their second birthday this year

...because: In 2022, 7,883 children were born and given the name Avery by their parents. That puts Avery at #41 on our list of most popular first names. It was much less popular in 1949 - only 67 parents chose this name for their newborn child and it ranked 1,876 on the popularity scale of all first names.

Avery has 5 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is the most popular first letter for given names. 10.3% of all common first names in the US start with this letter. The second most common initial letter in first names is J.

With five letters, the name Avery is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 10.3% of all first names start with an A, this initial letter occurs nearly three times as often as all other letters on average.

Other names with 
A, v, e, r and y

If you take all the letters in the name Avery – A, v, e, r and y – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Arvey or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Avery

If your name is Avery and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Avery

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Avery, you can simply say:






This is how the name Avery is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Avery in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Avery

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Avery is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Avery

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Avery sounds like this: