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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 a very popular first name for females (#57 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12642 out of 88799, Top 14%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Evelyn for girls. Evelyn reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Evelyn name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Evelyn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ava (#5), Evelyn (#16), Evelynn (#434), Eve (#460), Evie (#501), Aileen (#562), Eileen (#711), Evalyn (#834), Evelyne, Lynn, Evelin, Effie, Evaline, Evelina and Eveline. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aileen, Ava, Effie, Eileen, Evaline, Evalyn, Eve, Evelin, Evelina, Eveline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Evelyn, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evie, Lynn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aileen, Ava, Eileen, Eve, Evelina outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Evelyn is also pronounced similarly to Avelyn and Ivalyn. Another suggested similar baby name is Emelyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Evelyn.