Evan -- a Welsh version of John -- has a mellow nice-guy image that's propelled it into the Top 40, while it has been popular in Wales since the nineteenth century. At Number 40, it now ranks higher than it ever has before in this country. And interestingly--and surprisingly--enough, Evan is now Number 18 for boys in France.
Jenny McCarthy has a son named Evan, and some other modern associations are Senator Evan Bayh, novelist Evan Hunter, and the movie Evan Almighty. It is also sometimes used for girls, as in actress Evan Rachel Wood..