- John,1626–97, English antiquary.
- a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “elf” and “ruler.”
- John. 1626–97, English antiquary and author, noted for his vivid biographies of his contemporaries, Brief Lives (edited 1898)
masc. personal name, from Old French Auberi, from Old High German Alberich “ruler of elves,” or *Alb(e)rada “elf-counsel” (fem.). In U.S., it began to be used as a girl’s name c.1973 and was among the top 100 given names for girls born 2006-2008, eclipsing its use for boys, which faded in proportion.