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What does Evelyn mean?

Evelyn \e-vel-yn, ev(e)-lyn\ 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.


Evelyn has 26 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 and Ewelina.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Aibhlin and Aileen.

Evelyn has 26 more related forms via Ava, Eibhlin, Eileen, Eve, Lynn: Aillin, Aleen, Avalee, Avelyn, Avlynn, Eila, Eilah, Eilean, Eilena, Eilene, Eiley, Eilin, Eilleen, Eily, Eva, Evelia, Evetta, Evette, Evey, Evita, Evonne, Evvie, Evvy, Evy, Ileen and Lyn.


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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Evelyn for girls. Evelyn reached its apex rank of #11 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #16 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Ava (#5 last year), Eva (#82), Evelynn (#434), Eve (#460), Evie (#501), Aileen (#562), Eileen (#711), Evalyn (#834), Evette, Evonne, Lynn, Lyn, Evelin, Effie, Aleen, Evaline, Evelina, Eveline and Evelyne are the popular related forms of Evelyn (#16 last year) listed in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.3297%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2698%, down 18.2%), with versions like Evelin, Effie, Evelyne, Lyn and Lynn becoming somewhat outmoded. The more fashionable birth names among these are Evelynn (#434), Evie (#501), Eve (#460), Evelyn (#16) and Eva (#82), with Eva, Eve, Evelyn and Evie going through a rebound in popularity. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Evelyn and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Evelina, Eveline, Evelyn, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evette, Evie, Evonne, Lyn, Lynn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Evelyn is alike in pronunciation to Ivalyn. Another suggested similar baby name is Emelyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Evelyn.