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What does Mavis mean?

Mavis Pronunciation of Mavis [mavis] as a girls' name is pronounced MAY-viss. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Mavis is "song thrush". The name was first used in English by Geoffrey Chaucer (14th century), author of "The Canterbury Tales".

Affiliated girl name: Mab.

Associated with: tales (literary).


Creative forms:
(female) Mais, Mazvis, ..

(male) Maios, Mavise, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mavis Miranda (M.M.), ..

How popular is Mavis?

Mavis is a very prominent first name for women (#677 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#21438 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mavis entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #279 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is currently at #1012. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mavis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mavis outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Avis, Caris, Elvis, Janis, Karis, Maci, Macie, Mai, Maia, Mair, Maisa, Maisy, Maji, Mali, Malia, Malvie, Mamie, Mari, Maria, Marie, Marin, Maris, Marisa, Marise, Marit, Marlis, Marris, Marys, Mave, Mavina, Mavra, Maxi, Maxie, Mazie, Meris, Paris, Tais and Tanis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mavis.

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