Tavis name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tavis mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tavis

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Tavis is of Gaelic origin and means "Tavis (masculine) Scottish: Tamnais, a form of Thomas, 'twin,' though some consider this to be Celtic of David, 'beloved; son of Daffydd (David).'. Variants: Tavish, Taveon, Tavion, Tavon, Tavin, Tavio, Tevis, Tevin".
  2. A submission from Utah, U.S. says the name Tavis means "Twin" and is of Gaelic origin.
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International Interest
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Contracted from tavallinen ihminen (“ordinary person”) + -is.

  1. (colloquial) An ordinary person, a random (unimportant person), a nobody, Mr. Nobody.

Notable Persons Named Tavis

Notable Persons Named Tavis

Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, entrepreneur, advocate, and philanthropist. Tavis was born on September 13th, 1964 in United States.

Tavis Ormandy

Tavis Knoyle

Tavis was born on June 2nd, 1990 in Glynneath.


Smiley is a reggae singing. He has been prominent since 2004. Smiley was given the name Tavis Nedd on December 18th, 1980 in Aruba. Smiley is also known as Smiley Musiq, Nedd, and Tavis.

Tavis MacMillan

Tavis was born on September 9th, 1970 in Milk River, Alberta.

Tavis Hansen

Tavis Hansen is a hockey player. He was most active from 1995 to 2007. Tavis was born on June 17th, 1975 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tavis U.S.
  White 90.69% 64.26%
  African American 2.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tavis

People with the last name Tavis are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Tavis

  • How Popular is the name Tavis? Tavis is the 6,650th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tavis was the 42,858th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tavis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,165 babies born with the first name Tavis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tavis to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tavis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1963 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Tavis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tavis is Friday, March 18th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Tavis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tavis was in 1999 with a total of 79 babies.
  • Random Tavis Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tavis is not a popular baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Louisiana have the same name in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Tavis: The name spelled backwards is Sivat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tasvi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tavis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 505 people with the last name Tavis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tavis? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tavis as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Tavis name meaning

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