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What does Evelyn mean?

Evelyn Pronunciation of Evelyn as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ev-, -lyn, modern, surname, irish (gaelic), old, bird, blend


VARIANTS 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, Ewelina

SEE ALSO Aibhlin, Aileen

RELATED FORMS VIA AVA, EIBHLIN, EILEEN, EVE, LYNN Avalyn, Avalynn, Avelyn, Avlynn, Eilin, Eily, Evelia, Evetta, Evette, Evey, Evvy, Evy



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How popular is Evelyn?

Evelyn is a very prominent first name for females (#57 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#21406 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Evelyn reached its apex rank of #12 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #15 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evelyn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Evelyn outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Ava (#4 LAST YEAR), Evelynn (#441), Eve (#476), Evie (#513), Aileen (#515), Eileen (#694), Evalyn (#870), Avalynn (#884), Avalyn (#980), Evalynn (#1068), Evelina (#1346), Evelynne, Evette, Lynn, Evlyn, Evelene, Evalina, Effie, Evaline, Evelin, Eveline and Evelyne are the popular related forms of Evelyn (#15) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Evelyn were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (MEDIAN #1295). Evelyn has historically been preferred by parents, though Evie has become trendy as well over time, while versions such as Lynn have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evelyn, Aileen, Ava, Avalyn, Avalynn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Effie, Eileen, Evalina, Evaline, Evalyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evalynn, Eve, Evelene, Evelin, Evelina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eveline, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evelynne, Evette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evie, Evlyn, Lynn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Evelyn, Ava, Eve, Evelina, Evie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Evelyn is alike in pronunciation to Avalon, Avalyn, Avalynn, Avelyn and Ivalyn. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adelyn, Caelyn, Daelyn, Delyn, Edelynn, Edlyn, Ellyn, Elyn, Emalyn, Emblyn, Emelen, Emely, Emelyn, Emelyne, Emlyn, Emmelyn, Ethelyn, Ethlyn, Evelia, Evey, Jaelyn, Kaelyn, Keelyn, Raelyn and Suelyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Evelyn.