Meaning and name origin
Mavis \m(a)-vis\ as a girl's 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 popular first name for females (#677 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#46382 out of 88799, Top 52%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mavis for girls (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Maris. Like Mavis, this name is not commonly used.