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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Nicknames for Avis

Avie, Ava, Birdie, Ace

Meanings and history of the name Avis

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

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 Ann Baldwin (b. 2008), daughter of American actor, director, and producer Daniel Baldwin

Avis in song, story & screen

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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