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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 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 #9 in the U.S. in 2017, and is at #10 currently. (2018 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 (#3 LAST YEAR), Evie (#322), Evelynn (#337), Eve (#442), Aileen (#669), Eileen (#671), Avalynn (#785), Avalyn (#941), Evalyn (#1002), Evalynn (#1114), Evelina (#1215), Evalina (#1890), Aveline (#1916), Evlyn, Evette, Evelynne, Evelene, Evelyne, Eveline, Evelin, Evaline, Effie and Lynn are the popular related forms of Evelyn (#10) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Evelyn reached the height of their popularity in the year 2017 (MEDIAN #1289) and have remained as common to this day (#1304, 3%). Evelyn has historically been preferred by parents, though Eve has become trendy as well over time, while versions such as Effie have become less contemporary.

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

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

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evette, 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.