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Gender: F Meaning of Evangeline: "bearer of good news" Origin of Evangeline: Greek Evangeline's Popularity in 2012: #292

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Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the hot star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelica and Evangelina -- two variants of Evangeline -- are sure to tag along for the ride. This year Evangeline is just within the Top 300 at Number 292.

Evangeline was introduced to the English-speaking world by Longfellow in his hugely popular eponymous narrative poem, and can also be found in Uncle Tom's Cabin (it was Little Eva's full name), as well as two novels by Evelyn Waugh. More recently, there were Evangelines in the films Nanny McPhee and DIsney's The Princess and the Frog.

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Famous People Named Evangeline

Evangeline Lilly - actress (born Nicole Evangeline Lilly)
Evangeline Walton Ensley - American author

Pop Culture References for the Name Evangeline

Evangeline Bellefontaine, heroine of Longfellow's poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie" (1847)
The name of a '90s alternative pop-rock song
Evangeline, character in the movie Nanny McPhee
"O Evangeline", a song by Emmylou Harris

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