Re: Origin of AVIS name????
My Avis family also have the same 'legend' of being from Portugese kings (we all laugh about it, but who knows?). Ours were from Bradford area, but moved north from Bury st. Edmunds some time after 1861. There area lot of Walters, Josephs, Lucy's and Ada's between mid 1850's onwards. Have you found any of these?