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.
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)
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)