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What is the Meaning of the Name Evelyn?

By Emma Davies


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Evelyn is a name of Old French origin that means ‘wished for child’ and ‘desired one’. Derived from the Germanic name Avelina, the name has a rich historical background and has become a classic and timeless choice reflecting a sense of longing and aspiration. 

Meaning of the Name Evelyn

The name has been used as both a masculine and feminine name throughout history. However, over the years, it has become rare for boys and favored for baby girls.

A combination of the names Eve and Lynn, the name also takes on several other different meanings. Eve signifies ‘life’ as the first woman in the Bible, while Lynn represents ‘water’ or a ‘lake’.

  • Name Origin: Old French
  • Name Meaning: Wished for, Desired, Life, and Lake
  • Pronunciation: Ev – Uh – Lin
  • Gender: Female – historically gender neutral

How Popular is the Name Evelyn?

At the beginning of the 20th century, the name was ranked in the top 100 most popular girls’ names. It stayed popular until dropping out of the top 100 in 1954. In 2002, Evelyn crept back into the top 100 at number 98 and has grown in popularity ever since.

According to Social Security Administration Data, the name ranked at number 9 in the years 2020 and 2021, its highest-ever position. In 2021, 9434 baby girls were born and given the name Evelyn.

Name Variations

Name Meaning Origin
Avelina Bird-like / voice / desired Latin
Evaline Life/animal Hebrew
Eveleen Life Hebrew
Evelin Life Norman
Evelina Water island Latin
Evelien Little bird Dutch

Other French Girl’s Names

Name Meaning
Aalis Noble
Adelade Noble kind
Alison Of noble birth
Amice Friend
Diot Flower of Dionysius
Edith Prosperous in war
Flieur Flower

Alternative Girls Names Starting with ‘E’

Name Meaning Origin
Eaden Place of pleasure Hebrew
Eadie Strife for wealth English
Eldoris Gold Spanish
Eleonor Sun ray Greek
Eleri Enough Welsh
Eleisa God’s promise Hebrew
Elektra Bright / shining / radiant Greek

Famous People Named Evelyn

  • Evelyn Nesbit – American model, actress, and artist.
  • Evelyn Keyes – American actress.
  • Evelyn West – American burlesque performer.
  • Evelyn Brent – American film and stage actress.
  • Evelyn Lozado – American reality TV star.