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

Avis Early Origins



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.

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Avis Spelling Variations


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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.

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Avis Early History


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Avis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avis research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1674, 1709, and 1770 are included under the topic Early Avis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Avis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Avis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Avis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Avis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Avis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Avis (post 1700)



  • William H. Avis, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1908
  • Samuel Brashear Avis (1872-1924), American Republican politician, Lawyer
  • John Hitchner Avis (1845-1933), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1881
  • 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
  • J. D. Avis (b. 1862), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 111th District, 1923-29
  • Warren Edward Avis (1915-2007), American entrepreneur who founded Avis Rent A Car in 1946, inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame
  • John Boyd Avis (1875-1944), American politician and Judge of U.S. District Court for New Jersey (1929-44)
  • 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)
  • Paul Avis (b. 1947), English Anglican priest, theologian and ecumenist
  • Meiert Avis, Irish Grammy Award winning music video and commercial director
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Avis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Avis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 10:11.

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