Mavis

First Name
20k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mavis

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ma"vis
The European throstle or song thrush (Turdus musicus).

Etymology: F. mauvis, Arm. milvid milfid milc'hhouid, Corn. melhuez

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  1. Common Old World thrush noted for its song
Wiktionary

Coined in the end of the 19th century from a poetical name for the song thrush.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Mavis

Mavis Staples is a rhythm, blues, soul music, and gospel music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to present. Mavis was born Mavis Staples on July 10th, 1939.

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Mavis was given the name Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson on September 5th, 1946 in San Francisco, California, United States.

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Mavis was given the name Mavis Gladys Fox Pugh on June 25th, 1914 in Croydon. She died on December 6th, 2006.

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Mavis Gallant was a writer. Mavis was given the name Mavis Leslie de Trafford Young on August 11th, 1922 in Montreal. She died on February 18th, 2014.

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Mavis Fan is a singing and actor. She plays flute and piano.

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Mona was given the name Mavis Chin in 1935 in Tweeside, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, West Indies.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mavis

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Andrew was born on September 9th, 1976.

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Bob Mavis was an athlete. Bob was born on April 8th, 1918 in Milwaukee. He breathed his last breath on March 1st, 2005.

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How popular is the baby name Mavis in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 5 5 0
1895 12 12 0
1896 9 9 0
1897 9 9 0
1898 13 13 0
1899 10 10 0
1900 19 19 0
1901 21 21 0
1902 23 23 0
1903 18 18 0
1904 22 22 0
1905 18 18 0
1906 26 26 0
1907 30 30 0
1908 28 28 0
1909 30 30 0
1910 37 37 0
1911 33 33 0
1912 58 58 0
1913 81 81 0
1914 119 119 0
1915 264 264 0
1916 231 226 5
1917 236 236 0
1918 290 290 0
1919 369 364 5
1920 500 487 13
1921 560 552 8
1922 543 538 5
1923 556 546 10
1924 588 581 7
1925 588 579 9
1926 563 556 7
1927 603 603 0
1928 547 547 0
1929 549 540 9
1930 538 532 6
1931 478 472 6
1932 500 494 6
1933 464 458 6
1934 485 485 0
1935 414 406 8
1936 433 433 0
1937 457 452 5
1938 393 388 5
1939 389 389 0
1940 333 333 0
1941 328 323 5
1942 288 288 0
1943 280 280 0
1944 273 273 0
1945 229 229 0
1946 231 231 0
1947 288 288 0
1948 232 232 0
1949 225 220 5
1950 209 209 0
1951 163 163 0
1952 243 243 0
1953 188 188 0
1954 188 188 0
1955 171 171 0
1956 143 143 0
1957 163 163 0
1958 118 118 0
1959 136 136 0
1960 134 134 0
1961 155 155 0
1962 159 159 0
1963 125 125 0
1964 119 114 5
1965 70 70 0
1966 76 76 0
1967 61 61 0
1968 56 56 0
1969 37 37 0
1970 45 45 0
1971 40 40 0
1972 45 45 0
1973 43 43 0
1974 23 23 0
1975 27 27 0
1976 29 29 0
1977 23 23 0
1978 32 32 0
1979 28 28 0
1980 24 24 0
1981 19 19 0
1982 22 22 0
1983 28 28 0
1984 15 15 0
1985 13 13 0
1986 12 12 0
1987 14 14 0
1988 14 14 0
1989 15 15 0
1990 16 16 0
1991 16 16 0
1992 21 21 0
1993 11 11 0
1994 10 10 0
1995 14 14 0
1996 10 10 0
1997 9 9 0
1998 14 14 0
1999 10 10 0
2000 12 12 0
2001 12 12 0
2002 12 12 0
2003 13 13 0
2004 15 15 0
2005 12 12 0
2006 12 12 0
2007 13 13 0
2008 11 11 0
2009 16 16 0
2010 18 18 0
2011 39 39 0
2012 43 43 0
2013 165 165 0
2014 232 232 0
2015 265 265 0
2016 359 359 0
2017 336 336 0

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Popularity of Mavis as a first name

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Popularity of Mavis as a last name

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Common last names for Mavis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Martin
  • Roberts

Common first names for Mavis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mavis U.S.
  White 85.93% 64.26%
  African American 2.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.32% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mavis

People with the last name Mavis are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Mavis

  • What name lists does Mavis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Mavis? Mavis is the 1,689th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mavis was the 23,852nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mavis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,807 babies born with the first name Mavis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mavis to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mavis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Mavis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mavis is Thursday, November 22nd, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Mavis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mavis was in 1927 with a total of 603 babies.
  • Random Mavis Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mavis ranks 60th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 31 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Mavis: Your name in reverse order is Sivam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mivas. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mavis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,059 people with the last name Mavis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mavis? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mavis as their last name since less than 1 person in 278k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.