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Gender: Female Meaning of Mavis: "songbird" Origin of Mavis: French Mavis's Popularity in 2017: #806

The name Mavis is a girl's name of French origin meaning "songbird". Mavis is ranked #806 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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, and in fact it reentered the US Top 1000 after a 50 year absence in 2016.

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.

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Famous People Named Mavis

Mavis Staples, American singer and civil rights activist
Mavis Leslie de Trafford Gallant, Canadian fiction writer
Mavis Fan, Taiwanese pop singer
Mavis Hee (born Xu Meifeng), Singaporean pop singer
Mavis Clare Villiers, Australian-British actress
Mavis Cheek, English novelist
Mavis Anne Freeman, American Olympic swimmer
Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson Leno, American philanthropist; wife of comedian Jay Leno
Mavis Gladys Fox Pugh, English actress
Mavis Constance Tate (born Maybird Hogg), English politician
Mavis Jukes, American children's author
Mavis Wilson, Canadian politician

Pop Culture References for the name Mavis

Mavis Dracula, a character in the movie "Hotel Transylvania"
"Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing," series of computer programs
Mavis Clare, character in "The Sorrows of Satan" by Marie Corelli, bestselling book that first popularized the name
Mavis Vermillion, character in the anime "Fairy Tail"
Mavis Gary, main 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 on TV's "Call the Midwife," twin sister Meg Carter
Dark Mavis, recurring character in English rock band Mansun's album "Attack of the Grey Lantern"
Mavis Trent, character in Hawkman comics
Mavis, character on British TV series "Open All Hours"
Mavis, character in the Thomas & Friends series
Mavis Anderson, character on TV's "Dallas"
"The Mavis Bramston Show," Australian TV series
Mavis Buckey, character in the Funny Farm webcomic
Mavis Cruet, fairy character in British series "Willo the Wisp"
"Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis," 1997 film
Mavis "Bubbles" DeVere, character on British comedy "Little Britain"
Mavis Freestone, character in the " Death" series by J.D. Robb
Mavis Madling, character on TV's "Designing Women"
"The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming," novel by Michael Moorcock
Mavis Munro, character in comics series "Supernatural Law"
Mavis Neff, character on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show"
Mavis Newkirk, character on TV's "Hogan's Heroes"
Mavis Rae, main character on TV's "Whoopi"
Mavis Wartella-Depew, character in video game "Rockett's New School"

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