What kid wouldn’t want to be ruler of the elves? Avery probably has one of the cooler meanings we’ve encountered. Like so many other names, it’s both a last-name-turned-first and a boys’-name-turned-girls’. In terms of the last name progression, it actually comes from a -- see if you can keep track here -- first name turned last: the French Alfred or Alberich. Not quite as beautiful as elf ruler, we’ll say. Now, the gender situation: Avery was almost solely a moderately-popular male name until the ’90s. Since then however, it’s been rocketing up the female chart, probably thanks to its similarity to top-five name Ava. Interestingly, Avery’s also been rising on the boys’ chart since its emergence as a female name. While its climb is far less substantial (it has been in the low 200s for the past few years), the simultaneous rise is still quite unusual.