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Gender: F Meaning of Evelyn: "wished for child" Origin of Evelyn: English from French, Aveline Evelyn's Popularity in 2013: #20

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Evelyn, a soft and feminine name hugely popular a hundred years ago (it was Number 12 in the 1910s), is returning to favor in a big way now. We predict that in the next decade Evelyn will achieve its former heights, joining a legion of contemporary little Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines. In 2009, Evelyn rose 15 places to breach the Top 40 for the first time since 1939!--and in 2013 leaped even further to Number 20.

While Evelyn is a lovely name, its problem is its similarity to so many other stylish names these days, so your little Evelyn will seem less distinctive given how many other popular names there are that start with Ev or Av, from Eva to Avery, and end with Lyn: Brooklyn, Caitlin et al.

Originally a masculine name, its most famous bearer is writer Evelyn Waugh. (Trivia note: Evelyn Waugh was married to a woman named Evelyn, and they were known as 'He-Evelyn" and "She-Evelyn'.) Its quiet persona was reversed with the character Evelyn Salt, played by Angelina Jolie. Recently, Bruce Willis chose it for his fifth daughter.

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Famous People Named Evelyn

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 Stevens, American cyclist
Evelyn Ward, American actress
Evelyn McGee-Colbert, wife of Stephen Colbert & amateur actress
Evelyn Day Bentley (2008), Dierks Bentley & Cassidy Black's daughter

Pop Culture References for the Name Evelyn

Evelyn Mulwray, character in Chinatown (1974)
Evelyn Salt, portrayed by Angelina Jolie in Salt
Evelyn, portrayed by Sissy Spacek in The Ring 2
Evelyn "Evie" Carnahan, character in The Mummy
Evelyn Gardener, in the movie A League of Their Own
Evelyn Johnson, character, love interest & nurse in Pearl Harbor (2001)
Crabtree and Evelyn, retailer of bath and body products
Evelyn Eaton, Marcus Eaton's wife & Tobias Eaton's mom (Divergent)
Evelyn Gabel (2009), Laura Jane Grace & Heather Hannoura's daughter
Evelyn Harper, character in 'Two and a Half Men'
Evelyn Vogel, character introduced in the final season of Dexter
Evelyn "Button" Peters, protagonist of "The Book of Bright Ideas" (Sandra Kring)
Evelyn Peerbaugh, character in the 'Sister Circle' series

Avalyn, Evalin, Evalina, Evaline, Evalyn, Evalynn, Evalynne, Eveleen, Evelene, Evelin, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyna, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evelynne, Evilyn, Evleen, Evlene, Evlin, Evlina, Evline, Evlyn, Evlynn, Evlynne, Ewalina

Evelyn's International Variations

Aveline, Evaleen (Irish)