One of the small class of girls' names taken from vocabulary words denoting birds. Mavis is another word for the song thrush, first attested in Chaucer. It is from Old French, and probably ultimately of Breton origin. The given name is not found before the last decade of the 19th century; it was popular in the 1930s and 40s but has since gone out of fashion.
English: occupational name for someone who built mines, either for the excavation of coal and other minerals, or as a technique in the medieval art of siege warfare. The word represents an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French mine ‘mine’ (a word of Celtic origin, cognate with Gaelic mein ‘ore’, ‘mine’).