The Aves surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French given name Avice of uncertain origins, but interestingly one source noted that it is from "the personal name Avice, Latinized Avitius, found before 1086. (Domesday Book)." 
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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Avis, Avison, Aviss and others.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Aves or a variant listed above:
Aves Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
George A. Aves, originally from Soton, (Southampton, England) arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Soton 
M. Aves, aged 36, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Susquehanna" from Danzig and Bremerhaven 
Marie Louise Aves, aged 38, originally from Firmie, France, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "La Lorraine" from Le Havre, France 
Fernando Aves, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Monmouth" from Liverpool, England
Mr. Willard Charles Aves, American Fireman Second Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking