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Gender: F Pronunciation: EEV-lin; ev-uh-lin Meaning of Evelyn: "wished for child" Origin of Evelyn: English from French, Aveline Evelyn's Popularity in 2014: #16

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 2014 leaped even further to Number 16.

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, and more recently Carey Mulligan used it for hers.

Famous People Named Evelyn

Evelyn Ashford, American Olympic sprinter
Evelyn Margaret Ay, Miss America 1954
Evelyn Louise Keyes, American actress
Evelyn Brent (born Mary Elizabeth Riggs), American actress
Evelyn "Champagne" King, American R&B singer
Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, Scottish percussionist
Evelyn Beatrice Longman, American sculptor
(Florence) Evelyn Nesbit, American model; wife of architect Stanford White
Evelyn Thomas (born Ellen Lucille Thomas), American disco singer
Evelyn Stevens, American cyclist
Evelyn Ward, American actress; mother of singer David Cassidy
Evelyn M. Witkin, American geneticist
Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano
Evelyn Mase, first wife of Nelson Mandela
(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, English actress
Evelyn García (Marroquín), Salvadoran cyclist
Evelyn O'Rourke, Irish broadcaster
Evelyn Verrasztó, Hungarian Olympic swimmer
Evelyn McGee-Colbert, wife of TV personality Stephen Colbert
Evelyn Day Bentley, daughter of singer Dierks Bentley & Cassidy Black
Evelyn Gabel (b. 2009), daughter of singer Laura Jane Grace & Heather Hannoura
Evelyn Mumford (b. 2015), daughter of Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan
Evelyn Penn Willis, daughter of American actor Bruce Willis

Pop Culture References for the name Evelyn

Evelyn Mulwray, character in 1974 film "Chinatown"
Evelyn Salt, main character in film "Salt"
Evelyn Smythe, audio companion of the Sixth Doctor from Doctor Who
Evelyn, character in film "The Ring 2"
Evelyn "Evie" Carnahan, character in film "The Mummy"
Evelyn Gardener, character in film "A League of Their Own"
Evelyn Johnson, a main character in 2004 film "Pearl Harbor"
Evelyn Eaton, character in the Divergent Trilogy
Evelyn Harper, character on TV's 'Two and a Half Men'
Evelyn Vogel, character on TV's "Dexter"
Evelyn "Button" Peters, main character in"The Book of Bright Ideas" by Sandra Kring
Evelyn Peerbaugh, character in the 'Sister Circle' series
Theodore "Ted" Evelyn Mosby, male character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Evelyn Couch, character in Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Evelyn "Eva" Leland, character in Elsie Dinsmore series
Crabtree and Evelyn, retailer of bath and body products

Evelyn's International Variations

Aveline, Evaleen (Irish)