Avis Name Meaning & Origin

Avis

Pronunciation: AY-vis (key)

Origin of the name Avis:

Brought to England by the Normans, Avis is a French form of the Germanic Aveza, a name of uncertain meaning. Because it coincidentally corresponds with the Latin avis (bird), it is often bestowed with this meaning in mind.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Avis: | Edit

According to the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, Avis is 'uncool', while Ava is 'cool' and Avery is 'cooler'.

Personal experiences with the name Avis: | Edit

I just named my second daughter Avis. I think that it sounds smart, feminine, and somewhat mysterious. I love the fact that it hasn't been in the top 1000 names since the 60's. I feel that this name will continue to sound unique as my daughter gets older and will allow her to feel like a unique individual unlike all the Olivia's, Madeliene's, and Mackenzies out there. Her older sister's name is Vesper.

Avis was my wife's name (she passed away almost six years ago). I would agree with the other poster's sentiments about the name projecting a smart, feminine, and mysterious air. Avis was all those. She was the only person I ever knew by that name, and she was an incredible person in so many ways. She went by "Ace" as a nickname and rarely "Avie." I remember not long after we got together I was thinking of getting her name tattooed on me. As we went into the tattoo shop I was bound and determined but she said absolutely not (a lot of people think putting a significant other's name on them is bad luck for their relationship) We were both adamant but eventually a compromise was reached and I was allowed to have her nickname "Ace" (which to her could "mean anything just in case we ever did split up") put on me. It's on my left arm and takes on added meaning since her passing. She was a treasure of a woman and I still miss her. Her nickname from me was "Cupcake" partially because she was small, and definitely because she was such a sweetheart. Incidentally, her middle name was also unusual--Winona. It was chosen because she was full blooded Lakota, and she was the first born daughter, which is what Winona means. However she hated the very beautiful name and never used it, mainly because people would mangle the pronunciation from WIN-o-na to WYE-no-na, which grated on her, Anyway, that was my wife. Love you and miss you always, Cupcake!

Nicknames for Avis: | Edit

Avie, Ava, Birdie, Ace

Meanings and history of the name Avis: | Edit

Avis is another version of the Norman, particularly Anglo-Norman, name Avice that was quite popular in the Essex period.

Avis means "opinion" or "advice" in French.

Avis is Latin for Bird

Avis is also cited to mean shelter in battle in the English language

Originally from Germanic hado ('shelter') + wig ('battle'). In German, it became Hedwig.

Famous real-life people named Avis: | Edit

Avice Landone, British TV and film actress
Avis Everhard, fictional narrator of Jack London's "The Iron Heel"
Avis Kimble, playboy playmate in 1961
Avis Miller, playboy playmate in 1970

Avis in song, story & screen: | Edit

Avis is a spell used in Harry Potter to call a flock of birds.
Avis was a character in The Guardian, a runaway young mother in foster care.

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