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Avis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Avis surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French given name Avice of uncertain origins.

Early Origins of the Avis family


The surname Avis was first found in Southeast England. There is a record of a person called "Auicia" in Parish records of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk in circa 1175-86; and another of this name in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1199. Ricardus filius Avice was on record in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332.

Early History of the Avis family


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Avis Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Avis, Avison, Aviss and others.

Early Notables of the Avis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Avis family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Avis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Avis, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Avis, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Martha Avis, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Avis (post 1700)


  • Warren Edward Avis (1915-2007), American entrepreneur who founded Avis Rent A Car in 1946, inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Samuel Brashear Avis (1872-1924), American soldier during the Spanish-American War, who became the U.S. Representative from West Virginia 3rd District (1913-1915)
  • William H. Avis, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1908 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Hitchner Avis (1845-1933), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1881 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Boyd Avis (1875-1944), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1902-05; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Gloucester County, 1906-08 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • J. D. Avis (b. 1862), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 111th District, 1923-29 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Paul Avis (b. 1947), English Anglican priest, theologian and ecumenist
  • Meiert Avis, Irish Grammy Award winning music video and commercial director
  • David Avis (b. 1951), Professor of Computer Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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