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Gender: M Pronunciation: EEV-lin; ev-uh-lin Meaning of Evelyn: "desired" Origin of Evelyn: English

Evelyn earns a male entry in the contemporary world, in which over 8500 girls in the US were given the name last year vs. only five boys, thanks to English writer Evelyn Waugh. When the name was first used in the 17th century, it was given more often to boys though was always used for both sexes. Evelyn also relates to the female name Aveline, which derives from the Spanish town Avila, home of St. Teresa.

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Famous People Named Evelyn

(Arthur) Evelyn St. John Waugh, English novelist
Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild, English financier
Richard Evelyn Byrd, American naval officer and explorer
Evelyn Leighton, son of British author Marie Leighton, brother to poet Roland Leighton and artist Claire Leighton

Pop Culture References for the name Evelyn

Theodore Evelyn "Ted" Mosby, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Evelyn Napier, suitor of Lady Mary Crawley on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Crabtree and Evelyn, retailer of bath and body products