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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


Similar surnames: Savin, Annis, Alix, Lavis, Aris, Bois, Via, Amos, Levis, Valis

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Where is the Avis family from?

You can see how Avis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Avis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Avis families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Avis families living in New Jersey. This was about 29% of all the recorded Avis's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Avis families in 1840.
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What did your Avis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Avis. 25% of Avis men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Avis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Avis were Carpenter and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Avis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Avis. For the veterans among your Avis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Avis lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Avis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Avis in 1949 was 60, and 65 in 2004.

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