Avis Family History
Avis Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin) and French: from the Middle English and Old French female personal name Avice which may be from ancient Germanic Aveza but more probably from Latin Avitia (also found in a masculine form Avitius). In France this surname is rare. Portuguese and Spanish: habitational name from the little town of Avis (the stress is on the i) in Portalegre district (Portugal). This surname is found in the neighboring Spanish Extremadura. Dutch: variant of Aafjes a metronymic from the female personal name Ave which is of unclear origin. Dutch: from Latin avis ‘bird’ a reference to the surname Koet from koet ‘coot’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press