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What does Mavis mean?

Mavis \m(a)-vis\ 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".

For more information, see also the related girl name Mab.


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)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Mavis for girls. Mavis entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #289 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mavis name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Maris. Like Mavis, this name is not commonly used.