The Avis surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French given name Avice of uncertain origins.
. There is a record of a person called "Auicia" in Parish records of St. Benet of Holme,
in 1199. Ricardus
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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.