Name: Mavis

Origin and Meaning of the Name Mavis

  • Meaning:
    Song thrush
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (MAY vis)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Mavis)
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Miscellaneous Info for Mavis

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    This appeared in the in 1890s, most likely after the author Marie Corelli used it as a character name in her book "The Sorrows of Satan".

    The word mavis is an Old English term coming from the Old French mauvis. It denotes a small bird, the "song thrush". In the spring it migrates to Scotland where it is said to be the harbinger of spring.

    After being very popular in the early part of the twentieth century Mavis has become very rare.

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