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A famous bearer of this name is singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne.
IndyBelle  4/24/2005
The word "Avril" literally means "April" in French.
Nadriana  5/20/2006
It also means April in German.
FairyGirl  7/26/2006
Fairy Girl, Avril does NOT mean April in German! April is simply April (ah-PRILL) in German.
swisssugar  8/28/2006
I like this name, the cooler, more sophisticated version of "April".
― Anonymous User  8/18/2006
This is such a beautiful name!
swisssugar  8/28/2006
Hi, I got this in a dictionary:
"In Unreal Tournament 2004, AVRiL is an acronym for Anti-Vehicle Rocket Launcher. The small "i" is added for easier pronunciation."
yuan  10/14/2007
I like the meaning of this name! "The sprouts of spring; born in April"
yuan  10/14/2007
It would suit me very well because I was born on the first day of April! I know you Westerners think it is the April Fool's day, oh well, unfortunately my mum did not know that back home, so here I am. :)

I did not personally make this my English name though, because I didn't really like the ending sound "vil", it feels that something is stuck in my mouth when I pronounce it. I'd prefer a name with a happy and clear ending sound. But on the whole, this name does look nice and has a nice meaning.
yuan  10/14/2007
You'd think Avril Lavigne would have ruined this name for many people, as she is a bad singer with a fake image. On the other hand, the name can remind people of the nice track Avril 14th by Aphex Twin, and it does sound more sophisticated and prettier than April. It's just that a lot of people might assume Avril Lavigne inspired the name choice.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
Cute, quirky, stylish and old fashioned charming. Has it all really.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2008
In the 1960s there was a South African man called Avril Malan. He pronounced it AH-vRil, and since he was the Springbok rugby captain and a very tough guy indeed, he clearly had no problems as a result of his name. There have been other male Avrils, but he's the most prominent by far.
Anneza  6/26/2008
Avril, Averil, Averill (and Averell) and Everild are all legit forms from the Anglo-Saxon name Eoforhild. The series could be, more or less, Eoforhild>Everhild>Everild>*Everil>Averil(l)>Avril.

Avril, reflecting a contracted pronunciation, coincides formly with the French Avril, "April", but it is just a coincidence. It is true that most of the parents will select Avril because "hey, it is French and that is cool", but this has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the form (only with parents' knowledge, trendyness, taste). On the other hand, historically Avril was used as masculine name in French (just as Aprilis in Latin and Abril in Catalan, Spanish and Galician).

The surname Averill is a matronym (the mother's name used as family name, with or without a mark) and was a first name before a surname. So, it is true that it is a surname, but it is also true that it is a legit first name.

Author: Lumia (Name Facts Board)
― Anonymous User  6/28/2008
April might be an English name, but Avril certainly isn't a French one. No one's called like this in France, and by the way it would seem male, like the month. Avril Lavigne might have a French sounding name but it's nothing French at all, I'm afraid. You're free to call your child Avril if you want, but in France, it would be very unusual, and your kid would get teased about being called like a month of the calendar. ;)
luxsword  10/24/2008
You are right it's NOT a French name, it's ENGLISH - deriving from the Anglo Saxon Eoforhild if you cared to read the post above yours. It quite explicitly states that. Avril is only used in English speaking countries although with the singer in mind and having done some research it does get some use by French Canadians and obviously was used on some males in France (and South Africa).
― Anonymous User  10/29/2008
Well, the entry for the name still states Avril as a French name, which it isn't, so please spare me...
luxsword  2/26/2013
It's pretty, simple and I never see it so I give it a thumbs up.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2009
Avril Angers, British comedienne and actress.
Kosta  9/28/2009
This is a name I would use. I love it! For a middle or a first name.
italiannames  9/28/2009
Avril Incandenza is a character in David Foster Wallace's book Infinite Jest.
eostre  10/13/2009
Avril seems like a punk-ish name, and even though it's not one of my favorites, I think it's a nice name.
XxproudrulerxX  11/28/2009
I don't like the singer Avril Lavigne so she kind of turned me off to the name. But I do like the name overall I guess. It's spunky and unusual. Like it.
AmericaSpainGermany  7/16/2010
I love this name!
I like both the English and French pronunciations, although an "av-REEL" probably would become "Av-ril" eventually anyway. It really is a beautiful, unique name that ages well, unlike April, which I think is too infantile and bright to fit anyone past the age of 30. And this name seems much more versatile than April, too! An April wouldn't be a good emo girl would she? And Avril could be a geek, a popular girl, a goth girl... and her name would always fit! It also sounds quite punk-rock, sort of like Darcy (f)
It does help that it is the name of Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is a bearer of this beautiful name, because I guess you could say she's my "guilty pleasure."
DaphneSusan  9/20/2010
Avril Bradley is a character in the Japanese light novel series, Gosick.
ccourtneyw  10/11/2011
I don't see how it would be weird to use this name in France... In America we name our children April, May, and June, and it's not that big of a deal. Any teasing would probably subside around mid-elementary school anyway... I guess it's just different there.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2013
All I can think of is Avril Lavigne and her horrid music.
Lolth  5/7/2013
My name is Avril and Avril Lavigne pronounces it differently. I pronounce it "UH-vril" not the way she says it. Having a weird name isn't that great. Especially when so many people over the course of your life have no clue how to say your name correctly! Even so, it's still a beautiful French name.
avril422  6/18/2013
I pronounce it Av-rul. I'm from Northern England but I've heard it pronounced so many ways; Averil, Aberil some people also call me April. It doesn't bother me when people mispronounce because I don't think there even is a proper pronunciation. I've never met another Avril my age (19) & I don't think I will. I have however met two elderly ladies called Avril, Oldy worldy names seem to capture the zeitgeist of the early 20's but also be a little quirky! Which is why I love my name! It suits my character very well, the only problem I have is every other person in my generation, saying 'Oh! Avril Lavigne' when first meeting me. This is apparently so funny. At least I don't waste time because I know straight away if I'd talk to them ever again.
OwlyAH  5/29/2014
I pronounce this name like (Ay-vrol) With more of an Ay than Ah. It's a very beautiful name, it's sad that people have "popular" names because their parents don't think about them. "Parents!" "Can't you make your child's name UNIQUE." Names like "Priscilla" and "Stacey" are very beautiful, but like 1, 000, 000 other people have these names. To any parent that reads this: "The next time you have a child, think about it's name!"
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
Avril has historically been used as a male name in France. It is now mostly used for women. I know a few French Avrils, all born in the 80s.
Valmont  7/19/2015
Avril is a unisex name used both in English and French. It is French for April.
Nikolay  2/10/2016
Avril was given to 102 girls in 2014 in the USA.
lilolaf  2/13/2016
The name Avril was given to 129 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
Sure, Avril was rarely used in the US until Lavigne came along, but in Britain, it seems to have been a slightly common name, which started seeing rising usage in the 1910s & 20s and peaking in the 1940s (there are more than 4,500 records on the England & Wales Birth Index for that decade).
It wasn't until the 1960s that April took over as the dominant form and, nowadays, April is far more often used there than Avril.
m4yb3_daijirou  11/21/2016

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