Evelyn: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Evelyn

Evelyn

Pronunciation: EH-və-lin (key)

Origin of the name Evelyn:

English variant of Aveline, a French diminutive form of the Germanic Avila, which is of ultimately uncertain derivation.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Evelyn Waugh, the (male) English writer, was first married to The Hon. Evelyn Gardner. Since in those days, women took their husband's surnames, they BOTH became Evelyn Waugh. This was very confusing, and eventually their friends referred to them as "He-Evelyn" and "She-Evelyn" in order to distinguish them.

Crabtree and Evelyn is the name of a popular upscale home wares store based in New York though have stores globally.

Personal experiences with the name Evelyn: | Edit

I am an Evelyn and I have never introduced myself as anything but. No one except my boss (and previously my mother) calls me Evelyn. It is Ev, Evvy or Evie. I am so excited that it is becoming popular!!! I always hated my name because it was "different" but now I love it because it is unique. For now.

My mother's name is Evelyn and she is in her 90s. She is at times an intellectually active and curious person still, even in her old age, and bookish, so my associations of the name are somewhat scholarly and serious. Since it is a unisex name, and to me rather stiff, formal and starchy sounding, I have wondered why my mother never had any fun with the name and gave herself a nickname with one of its variants. If I were named Evelyn I would probably call myself Eve or Eva Lynn, or possibly Elle. It was interesting to learn on this site that the name is so popular around the world.

Our younger daughter's name is Evelyn, and we have ended up calling her 'Evel' (rhymes with 'devil') as a nickname -- it's what our older daughter called her because she couldn't pronounce Evelyn, and it has stuck. I never would have picked it out
My great aunt was named Evelyn and we always called her Ebi. I loved her name as a child and now I am having a little girl! So excited!

I have an Evelyn too...we chose to Nickname her Evie (pronouced E-V). I had heard it on used like that on two movies (V for Vendetta and The Mummy Returns).

We have a 10 month old Evelyn. We had anticipated calling her EV-EE, but many people get confused and think it's E-V. I've decided to just call her Evelyn... A lot of people ask if it was a family name (no). I think many people still think of it as an old lady name, but it is gaining in popularity so I believe that will change.

My grandmother's name was Sarah Evelyn. I have always thought Evelyn was an incredibly beautiful and elegant name; like my grandmother.

We are naming our third child (2nd daughter) Evelyn. I am hoping it will grow on me. I always wanted a daughter named Eleanor or Emmalyn but my husband hates those names so we are compromising with Evelyn. I'm not crazy about it. We plan to call her Evie (E-V).

We are planning to name our first daughter Evelyn. We like the British pronunciation, EVE-eh-lyn, as opposed to the American pronunciation, EHV-eh-lyn. We'll see if we can get our family and friends to call her EVE-eh-lyn.

My great grandmothers name was Evelyn, and Evelyn is also my middle name, just a different spelling. The name has been in my family for centuries, and I absolutely love it. My husband and I are naming our first daughter Evelyn!

Nicknames for Evelyn: | Edit

Eve, Evie (pronounced EH-vee or E-V), Even (Pronounced Evan)

Elle, Ella, Elsie, Els, Elf

Eve (pronounced the French way, to rhyme with Bev.)

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Our daughter is Evelyn but called Eva ( EH-vah vs E-vah/ Eve-a) My mother goes by Evelyn and was named for her great Aunt who went by Eva and we liked that pronunciation.

My daughter's name is Evelyn. We call her Evie (Eh-V), but my family all spells it Evy. I also just shorten it to Ev.

My daughters name is Evelyn, but we call her Ev or Evie.

Meanings and history of the name Evelyn: | Edit

Evelyn is a traditionally unisex name that is today usually used only for girls. It is pronounced with two syllables, EVE-lyn, in England, or EHV-eh-lyn in the United States. The original form was the Norman French female name Aveline, related to the Germanic Ava/Avia, of unknown meaning. In Latin 'avis' meant 'bird' so that has been attached for convenience, as has the French avelline from Latin avellana meaning 'hazelnut'. It has also been used as an Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Éibhleann meaning 'radiance' but this is coincidental attachment rather than true origin.

When we found out we were having a girl, we really liked the name Evelyn Tatum. My father-in-law was close to passing away from Cancer when we found out, so before we decided on a name, we wanted to know it's meaning. We found that Evelyn means LIFE and Tatum means HAPPY. We knew that was our daughter's name instantly.

Famous real-life people named Evelyn: | Edit

Evelyn Ashford - American sprinter and Gold medalist
Evelyn Margaret Ay - Miss America 1954
Evelyn Louise Keyes - American actress
Evelyn Brent - American actress
Evelyn King - American singer in the 70s-80s
Evelyn Glennie - Scottish percussionist
Evelyn Beatrice Longman - American sculptor

Evelyn in song, story & screen: | Edit

Evelyn was the female lead played by Kate Beckinsale in the movie "Pearl Harbor."
Evelyn (Evie) was the female lead played by Natalie Portman in the movie "V for Vendetta."
Evelyn was the female lead played by Rachel Weisz in the movies "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."
Evelyn Salt was the female title character played by Angelina Jolie in the 2010 movie "Salt".
Evelyn was the female character played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie "American Psycho".

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