Gender: Female Meaning of Mavis: "songbird" Origin of Mavis: French Mavis's Popularity in 2019: #838

Mavis Origin and Meaning

The name Mavis is a girl's name of French origin meaning "songbird".

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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Rank in US: #838

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Pop Culture References for the name Mavis

Mavra, Mavin, Mavon, Mavine, Mavies


helenarosa Says:


Love this name! On the top of my list for a girl <3

rosebudstar Says:


I really love this name but I grew up in an area with Mavis as a street name so I don't think I can use it because all my friends would think it is after the street.

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.