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Meaning and name origin

Evelyn \e-vel-yn, ev(e)-lyn\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Evelyn), is pronounced EV-a-lin, EEV-lin. It is of Norman origin. Modern use derives from a transferred use of an English surname, from the Norman female name Aveline, from Ava. As a feminine it can come from the anglicized form of the Irish Eibhlin (see Eileen), an Irish form of Aveline. The name is also found as a variant anglicization of Irish Éibhleann (see Evlin). Also possibly from the Old German name Avila, or from the Latin avis meaning "bird". Not a blend of Eve and Lynn, though sometimes taken as such. American track celebrity Evelyn Ashford.

Evelyn has 26 variant forms: Avelina, Aveline, Effie, Evaleen, Evalin, Evalina, Evaline, Evalyn, Evalynn, Eve, Eveleen, Evelene, Evelin, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evelynne, Evie, Evilyn, Evleen, Evlin, Evline, Evlyn, Evlynn and Ewelina.

For more information, see also related girl names Aibhlin and Aileen.

Evelyn is also pronounced similarly to Avelyn and Ivalyn. Another suggested similar baby name is Emelyn.


Evelyn is a very popular first name for females (#57 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12642 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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