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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 Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

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"

Mavra, Mavin, Mavon, Mavine, Mavies


lashleytwill Says:


We just welcomed our own little Mavis! We plan to use the nickname Birdie.

Nickandemma2016 Says:


I struggle with the same thing! My dads used to make me type in Mavis Beacon... hated it! But love the name. 🤷🏼‍♀️

danirose01 Says:


I LOVE Mavis, and I would totally use it, if it weren't for the fact that where I come from there is a chain of Mavis Discount Tire repair shops, and it is very well known. They're not all over the US, but there are literally hundreds here.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't see any reason why Mavis can't come back into style - and Heather is one of my absolute favourites.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely vintage name, wonderful meaning

Fluffykitten101 Says:


It really is a blend of May, Ava and Alice, three names that I love but feel are too popular for my taste.

morning_glory Says:


Why do you need a nickname for a two-syllable name?

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I really love this name but, like most people, I discovered it while watching Hotel Transylvania - a very successful movie. Which means that, while people have currently been a bit slow on the uptake in terms of using Mavis, I predict that they're going to cop-on fairly soon, and in turn Mavis will experience a huge surge in popularity. Which is frustrating, because Mavis is so genuinely precious. But it's going to be trendy soon (mark my words).

Essa Says:


I love this name, I think it's time for a comeback. I really like the nicknames Mae and Mave and personally I think it has a much pretty meaning than Maeve.

JVMG Says:


LOVE this name! Sophisticated as Mavis and cute nickname Mave or Mavey. One of the coolest names for 2016!

kitchi1 Says:


Ever since I heard this on Hotel Transylvania I loved it. Mavey is an adorable nickname, too. I wish I could use this for myself, but my sister's name starts with the may sound.

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Swangirl Says:


At first I was like... Yech
Then I was like... Why not?
And now I think I like sweet, old fashioned Mavis :)

hmg1204 Says:


I first heard this name on the movie "Hotel Transylvania" and I nearly went crazy this is to cute! And the nickname Mavey would be too adorable!^-^

Essa Says:


Ok, I like it. Mavey would be such a cute nickname. I think it's ready for a comeback!

lesliemarion Says:


Definitely female and I find it charming and old-fashioned.

PoppyOrangey Says:


I find this name kind of cute after hearing it on one of the younger characters on the new comedy
Sirens. She uses the nn Mav. It's cute, but I don't know if I'd have the confidence to use it...

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


When I first heard this I thought it was a boys name.

Emma Says:


I like this name better for a boy. It's like a male name that comes from Maeve.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I feel it's too outdated, like the name Heather.

ShunPun Says:


This is such a cool name.

mabespark Says:


This is so sweet and underused.

???????? Says:


I like the name 'Mavis'. It's not Overused, and it's simple ^.^

KiwiMarie Says:


I'm still scarred by Mavis Beacon. I had to do that program in school and I was a terrible typist! Still feels outdated but I bet it'll be cool again in a few years.