English meaning: Uncertain, possibly beautiful bird
The meaning of the name “Evelyn” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Evelyn is a gender neutral name, although the name has not been in the top thousand most popular names for boys since 1930. It either originated from the surname ‘Evelyn’, which in turn was derived from Aveline, a French feminine diminutive of the name Ava, or as an Anglicization of the Irish Éibhleann. It can also be considered a cognate of Eve and Lyn - then of Hebrew origin.
Evelyn can either mean ‘little bird’ or ‘beautiful bird’, depending on which translation is used. Evelyn is also sometimes used as the English translation for the Gaelic name Aibhilín. Common nicknames for Evelyn include Eve, Ev, and Lynn, and it is sometimes misspelled as Evelin, Evalyn, or Evelynn. Evelina is a Latin form of Evelyn used exclusively for girls, and Aveline and Ava are still used as names today.
Evelyn saw its peak popularity as a boy’s name in 1907 as the 778th most popular name for a boy. Evelyn has fallen in popularity as a boy’s name since 1930, but it has seen a surge in popularity as a girl’s name since 2000, reaching the sixteenth most popular name for a girl in 2014. In the 20th century, Evelyn was most popular in the 1910s and 20s. Recently it has been re-surging. Although nowadays Evelyn is commonly thought of as a girl’s name, it still has many feminine variants, including Evelyne, Eveline, and Eveleen.
The medieval name seems to have been used only by women, but it gave rise to a surname that was turned into a masculine given name as early as the 17th century. Evelyn is today used primarily by women, but it was common enough as a boys' name just a generation ago.
The English author Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was more commonly known by his pen name Evelyn Waugh – ironically, his wife was also called Evelyn. Other famous Evelyns include Evelyn Mase (Nelson Mandela’s wife), Evelyn Keys (actress) and Evelyn Lincoln (secretary to John F. Kennedy).
The fictional Evelyn Carnahan was portrayed by Rachel Weisz in the 1999 film The Mummy, and Judi Dench played Evelyn Greenslade in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Sophie Vavasseur played the eponymous character in Evelyn, and Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother had the middle name Evelyn.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Evelyn for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Evelyn is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Evelyn is of English, German, Hebrew origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, French speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Evelyn we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Evelyn Name Meaning
The meaning of Evelyn has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Evelyn are:
German meaning: Uncertain, possibly little bird
Hebrew meaning: Life
English meaning: Uncertain, possibly beautiful bird
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Evelyn and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Evelyn and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Evelyn is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Evelyn Categories
The name Evelyn is in the following categories: British Names, Classic Names, English Names, French Names, Gaelic Names, Germanic Names, Hebrew Names, Irish Names, Medieval, Surnames Names, Unisex Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Evelyn. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Evelyn, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Evelyn
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Evelyn displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Evelyn Boy Name Popularity Chart
Evelyn Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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