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Mavis is a vintage classic baby girl’s name that comes from the Old French term “mauvis”. Mavis means “songbird” in French and “purple” in Greek. Mavis was a popular name in the first half of the 20th century and returned to the top 1000 list in 2016 alongside other vintage classics.

Meaning of the name Mavis:

French: songbird
Greek: purple

Origin of the name Mavis:

Mavis is a French baby girl’s name that means “songbird”. Mavis comes from the Old French term “mauvis” and is the French term for a type of bird called the song thrush. Mavis also means “purple” in Greek.

Symbolism of the name Mavis:

Mavis is the French term for the song thrush. The song thrush is around 8 or 9” in size and has a brown and buff speckled pattern. Song thrush is a symbol of hope in adversity.

Style of the name Mavis:


Gender of the name Mavis:

Mavis is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Mavis:

MAY-vis (English), MO-VET (French)

Number of syllables in the name Mavis:


Emotion evoked from the name Mavis:

Mavis evokes feelings of compassion and beauty.

Alternative spellings for the name Mavis:

Mauvis, Mayvis, Mavys, Maves

Nicknames for the name Mavis:

Popularity of the name Mavis:

According to the Social Security Administration, Mavis is a popular baby girl’s name. Mavis was in the top 1000 baby names from 1900 to 1963 and then returned in 2016. It peaked at #270 in 1927. It sits at #841 as of 2020.

Related names for the name Mavis:

Great middle names for the name Mavis and their meanings:

  • Irina (peace)
  • Safira (sapphire)
  • Ysandre (defending men)
  • Priscilla (ancient)
  • Wilhelmina (resolute protection)
  • Amelia (work)
  • Claudia (lame, enclosure)
  • Esme (beloved)

Famous people with the name Mavis:

  • Mavis Pugh (English actress)
  • Mavis Jukes (American children's author)
  • Mavis Nicholson (English television presenter)
  • Mavis Clare Villiers (Australian-British actress)
  • Mavis Cheek (English novelist)

Mavis in popular culture:

  • Mavis Dracula (film, “Hotel Transylvania”)
  • Mavis Clare (literature, “The Sorrows of Satan” by Marie Corelli)
  • Mavis Vermillion (television, “Fairy Tail”)
  • Mavis Mave Carter (television, “Call the Midwife”)
  • Mavis Anderson (television, “Dallas”)
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