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Gender: F Meaning of Mavis: "songbird" Origin of Mavis: French

Mavis, another word for the song thrush, is also a relative of the Welsh word for strawberries, mefus. Mavis has something of a British World War II feel, a friend of Beryl and Doris, but it was quite popular in the U.S. a couple of decades earlier, peaking in the Roaring Twenties. With the renewed interest in names ending in 's'--and in bird names-- Mavis could make a return, especially with the new interest in Maeve.

Some noted bearers of the name are r&b singer Mavis Staples, a member of the Staple Singers, Canadian writer Mavis Gallant and the feminist activist Mavis Leno.

Mavis Gary was the name of the Charlize Theron character in the film Young Adult. And--trivia tidbit--in her short-running eponymous sitcom, Whoopi Goldberg's character was named Mavis.

Famous People Named Mavis

Mavis Staples, American singer and civil rights activist
Mavis Gallant, Canadian writer
Mavis Fan, Taiwanese pop singer
Mavis Hee, Singaporean pop singer
Mavis Villiers, Australian-British actress

Pop Culture References for the name Mavis

"Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing," series of computer programs
Mavis Dracula, a character in the movie "Hotel Transylvania"
Mavis Vermillion, character in the anime "Fairy Tail"
Mavis Gary, Charlize Theron's character in movie "Young Adult "
Mrs. Mavis Pike, character in British TV's "Dad's Army"
Mavis Wilton, character in British soap "Coronation Street"
Mavis Bennett, character in New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Mavis, sea turtle from the 2014 film "Dolphin Tale 2"
Mavis 'Mave' Carter, character from the series Call the midwife, Meg's twin
Mavis Vermillion, character of the anime/manga "Fairy Tail"

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