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

Evelyn Origin and Meaning

The name Evelyn is a boy's name of English origin meaning "desired".

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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clairels Says:


NO ONE would care? What planet are you living on? A girl named Jason would go through her life hearing "that's a boy's name." Constantly.

sunshinexoxo Says:


ehh... I just wouldn't want to be that boy with this name...

cabosanmucus Says:


Evelyn Waugh lived his whole life with people getting him confused for a girl--and he even married an Evelyn--and he took it in stride but honestly what was so hard about just going by his first name which was Arthur?! Or even his middle name St. John. He could've been Jack Waugh, Johnny Waugh, Saint Waugh, Art Waugh, etc. I don't get it.

Haids1987 Says:


I had no idea this name started as a boy's name. That makes more sense as to why Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother has this for a middle name!

Impwood Says:


Evelyn is a surname derived from a female name (Eveline, from Aveline, from Avila, from Ava, lol) that for some time has been used as a given name; originally mainly for boys, but more recently nearly solely for girls. Both the "EEV-lin" and "EV-uh-lin" pronunciations are valid. I think it can be resurrected for boys personally, and I prefer it as a boy's name, with Eveline and Evelina for the girls. But would it really be practical? Nobody really wants to have people always assume they are of the opposite gender before they meet them. A male Evelyn might even be put as female on doctors' forms, be assigned for girls' gifts at school, etc.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


1. Moony left a comment expressing her opinions. Someone responded to her opinion to disagree, so she replied to said response. Moony did not verbally attack anyone - there are no personal comments that she's made about others.

2. Why are you chastising someone who posted those comments a YEAR AGO. There must be a deeper reason for that. No need to call Moony 'preachy'. Stop verbally attacking people. Let people have different opinions than yours. Again, the responses you've replied to are over a year old. Let it go, man.

JessicaRK467 Says:


You are so preachy! Let people have different opinions than yours! It doesn't make you wrong or mean that they're's just a difference of opinion. You are so incredibly combative. There has to be a deeper reason for that. Stop verbally attacking people.

Zelliew Says:


At the risk of starting something, in my opinion, Evelyn is nice for a girl. I had a favourite aunt Evelyn.

Daphodil Says:


I don't mind Evelyn as a middle name (I read about a John Evelyn in the forums and thought that was quite handsome), but I do think it might be a bit too much as a first name. Most people today (outside NB and similar name-related pages) probably don't know that it was originally a male name, and I feel that a male Evelyn would have to be quite thick-skinned in today's society..

JessicaRK467 Says:


Wow! I just scrolled through these comments...very hostile. Why do we have to attack someone because of an opinion? So what if it's different than our own...

JazzieJonez Says:


While I do believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I do think that nameberry SHOULD be more neutral with name descriptions. If they say that Evelyn is an unisex, they shouldn't discourage others from using it for their sons. Evelyn is a nice name either way

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Oh my goodness - so many angry comments! Look - I can understand that some people dislike having femininity (in any form) related or connected to boys. I don't necessarily agree with that but, to each their own. However, there are some of us who do still see Evelyn as traditionally masculine. Some of us have fathers bearing the name, and grandfathers and great-grandfathers who died as heroes in the war. Some of us want to honour those men, or simply want to honour the name by using it for sex that it was originally intended for. And there's nothing wrong with that (especially in an age where girls are being given outright masculine names).

So having said that, Nameberry, please give it a proper description. Your own personal feelings aside, this name deserves to have its masculine history recognised. And, what with myself being interested in this name for a future son, I would very much appreciate a more in-depth look at the name in question.

Edit: YES! FINALLY! A decent description of the name Evelyn, for a boy! I am so happy right now!!!

indiefendi2 Says:


I'll just say while I don't like the name Evelyn anyway, it's up to you to transcend sexism and decide for yourself whether you're ready for people to tease your son for having a "girl" name because it's inevitable. Same with boy names on girls.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


THANK YOU for having a level headed opinion that can cause no arguments.

Guest Says:


So... James, Lionel, Bradley, Dominik, Hudson, Roscoe, Wallace, Lawrence and Stanley - names that have no feminine phoentics, feminine etymology or general feminine history, are considered to be cool, cute, unique, vibrant and cutting edge for girls, but Evelyn - an ancient masculine name with centuries worth of proud manly history backing it, is inappropriate?

Nameberry, I love you as a website because of how in-depth you go with you descriptions and how easy and managable the layout is. But I admit that I'm also so sick and tired of this whole - "Hyper masculine names for girls are cool but, oh! If it's a soft masculine name or a unisex name of even a male name that happens to resemble a girl name (*coughcough Gwyn coughcough*) - DON'T YOU DARE USE IT FOR A BOY BECAUSE IT'S TOO FEMININE AND WEAK AND UNDESIRABLE!"

This sexist, double-standard attitude is sickening, and it really needs to stop. Whether or not you consider this name to be appropriate for boys is irrelivant. Be mature. Give the name the proper description it deserves and move on.

Now, having said all that, I think that Evelyn is a perfectly lovely name for a boy - it brings to mind a proper little gentlemen and I would definitely consider it for future use for a boy. It's nice for a girl too, but its popularity on the female side of the spectrum has made it rather dull and standard. For a boy, it's a bit more exciting.

indiefendi2 Says:


The same people who will defend Evelyn to death will reject Brooklyn on a boy. smh

Catastroffy Says:


I absolutely adore Lynn on a boy too. It's one of my favourite names.

Catastroffy Says:


This is a lovely name for both genders in my eyes. I do associate it with a woman because it is the name of a good friend of my mother's, as well as one of the names of my female cat, whereas I have never known any men or boys named Evelyn, but I love Lynn, Ivory, Paige, Lavender, et all for boys, although I can't deny they might cause some inconveniences for boys in the modern world, as much as it pains me to admit it.

Plutophelia Says:


there is no such thing as girly, eff your double standards.

Plutophelia Says:


I love this name for a boy and would probably name my son this just to piss nameberry off.

MaryKathryn Says:


I believe we should remove the gender-stigma from naming entirely. Especially on NB!

clairels Says:


I for one really hope you DO name your son Evelyn someday, if only because it will help put all this nonsense to rest. Somebody has to be first.

Everild Says:


Starting off as wholly masculine and remaining popular with girls for well over a century, Evelyn is one of the few names I genuinely consider to be a "true unisex name". Having said that, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't favour it for a boy. On girls it's a lovely name (though I am more keen on Evelina), but for boys it is classically masculine, highly sophisticated, elegant, charming, entirely traditional and totally stunning, in my view, at least.

Some people can write this name off as being unusable for boys based on its popularity with girls, and that's fine. But I don't personally see anything wrong with the thought of a future son of mine sharing his name with a couple of girls. People can disagree with me on that but I just don't see the big deal and, indeed, think that the apparent 'issue' of femininity in regards to boys is being blown well out of proportion, especially in the wake of the boy-names-on-girls trend, which seems rather popular in and of itself.

Again, we're all entitled to our own opinions - and mine is that this is an exceptionally magnificent boy name. :)

Guest Says:


"Absolutely beautiful" ummm. Really?

Guest Says:


Can nameberry put more history behind this name in the description? I would like to know how this started off as a boys name because I've only ever heard it on girls. Eve and Lyn are girl's names as far as I know. I've heard a male Jocelyn too (older guy).

But to me, I don't really like the name Evelyn anyway. It's sound "evil".

Honoria Says:


I don't appreciate your childishness, Nameberry. Not at all. If you can advertise James, Elliot and Roscoe for girls with the amount of seriousness and care that you do, then I expect a decent description for the traditionally masculine Evelyn.

Giinkies Says:


I don't dwell in the past, I live in the present and outside the little bubble that is Nameberry, a boy would have a hard time wearing this name in this and age. It's not even in use as a unisex name and very few Evelyns nowadays are boys compared to girls. Especially since Eve is so popular and the -lyn endings are trendy. I can easily see this kid coming on the forums as a teenager asking for a male nickname like Evan. Anyways like Pam says, this is a debate for the forums and I just chimed in to give my opinion on the name and not anyone else's consideration of it for a girl.

Moony Says:


By the way, I love your "Addison, Juno and Jayne" post. Gender equality, for the win. :)

Moony Says:


I suppose you're right but, at this point in time, I think I'm done. I've said all that I needed to say and an e-mail or a blog isn't going to change the path that you've been traveling for quite some time now. If anything, it'll just garner me a boat load of criticism from people who are all about masculine names on girls because they're "trendy and cool", but can't see the merit in the opposite because that'd be "weak and gay". Regardless, I thank you for your time.

Moony Says:


"the majority of today's people, society as a whole, typically associate strong qualities with men, and weaker qualities with women." - and disapproving of Evelyn because it's 'too feminine' for a boy REINFORCES that belief!

"And so to give a name that is predominantly reserved for females to a boy is almost cruel." - If femininity isn't weak to you, then why would it be cruel? Again you're reinforcing the sexist belief that anything associated with girls is demeaning for boys.

"No boy in today's world wants to be named Evelyn." - And I guess no girl in the world has ever wanted to be named something traditionally masculine? Now you're just being plain stupid and, again, sexist, Because you've just assumed that EVERY boy in the entire world is the same and that they will all reject any form of femininity because it'd be weak and demeaning.

You're just digging yourself a bigger and bigger hole, luv. -_-

Moony Says:


EXACTLY! So it's considered weak. Thereby enforcing the notion that femininity is weak. -_-

Moony Says:


Really? You speak for all the boys in the entirety of the world, then? That's very egotistical of you, and also entirely inaccurate since my friend, Evelyn James has never been embarrassed or ashamed of his name. Nor has my male cousin, Madison, come to think of it.

Even if a boy named Evelyn was teased for such a "feminine" name, do you really think that's OK? Do you think that it's appropriate to allow that to happen, or avoid the issue (thereby ignoring the issue and allowing it to remain in society) by ditching the name entirely? Because I personally think that IF it happened (as there is no guarantee that it will), then I would take it as a unique opportunity to teach children to be more mindful, tolerant and accepting of those who are different, and also teach them that femininity is just as strong as masculinity.

Or should I just kick that thinking to the curb and go with your more modern: "Girl things for boys are BAD!" mindset? o.O

Sorceress Says:


Funny thing. What I hate about NB is its personality, but I chose to stay here because of community. (And the fact that this is place where I can nourish my very uncommon style.)

I don't mind Evelyn on boy, but it would be hard name to wear.

mckaylalove Says:


I guess we just have different views of society then (or we're apart of different ones) because I think that society is quickly progressing to a point where it won't matter about the gender inclination of names. If not the next generation then the one after that, but either way, it has to start somewhere.

CocoWhite Says:


No, that's not what I meant at all. I came off a little wrong, I apologize. I completely agree with what you're saying -- gender roles should not carry with them a certain idea of masculinity or femininity. However, the majority of today's people, society as a whole, typically associate strong qualities with men, and weaker qualities with women. And so to give a name that is predominantly reserved for females to a boy is almost cruel. No boy in today's world wants to be named Evelyn. That is what I meant. (And in case this wasn't clear, I myself am a female. And so I know very well that women can be strong and fierce and powerful and all that. But not everyone thinks the same way, you see. And so I don't believe it would be fair to give a baby boy a name so feminine as Evelyn.)

mckaylalove Says:


So ... You can't be "feminine" and strong? You just aligned femininity with being weak and unworthy. And I disagree. Nowadays, most people realise that gender roles are two boxes that actually mean very little - no one is entirely masculine or feminine. Most people are made up of traits from both sides of the metaphorical coin and to force gender roles on people because of their biological sex actually really outdated and honestly? Narrow minded. And I think that to disregard a name for a boy because you consider it too feminine sounding is the same.

CocoWhite Says:


It's not. It's too feminine nowadays to be considered "strong."

niteowl13 Says:


I just wanted to point out that Evelyn on a male, was pronounced eve-ah-lyn. It was quite popular. It had it's day. Now that Evelyn (ev-ah-lyn) is so popular with girls, it doesn't seem like a good choice for a boy, but that is Moony's choice. It also irks me that names like Roscoe and Stanley are suggested for girls. Ugh Why?

CocoWhite Says:


No boy in this day and age would want to be given such a feminine name like Evelyn. Regardless of how the name was used in the past, it is now seen primarily as a female name and giving it to a boy would just be setting him up for teasing when he gets older.

baileyann1105 Says:


All the site is saying is what everyone else will probably say when they hear your son's name. No one is trying to stop you from naming him what you want, but they are trying to give you a good healthy dose of the reality you're setting your son up for.

Guest Says:


Your ignorance is showing, maybe you should crack open a history book one day. You might find all kinds of "girls" names in it.

Giinkies Says:


Evelyn was a BOYS name? You have got to be kidding me? I would never in a million years have thought this name of all names would be for a boy. If my parents named me this on my 18th birthday I would change my name to Evan

pam Says:


Moony, we don't think we're disgustingly sexist, nor do we think that our name database has an obligation to be neutral. This debate has a function because it enlightens parents considering this name for their sons on the kind of debate people will have about the name. But it doesn't really belong on this page -- let's move it to the forums. And if you would like to write a guest blog for us on how sexist you find the practice of saying boys' names are ok for girls but not vice versa, we would welcome that. Write to me at

KatieNana Says:


I believe the Name Info follows statistics...Statistically, Evelyn is more likely a name for your great Aunt and not being used for little boys today. I do not think it is the creators of Nameberry trying to talk you out of your choice in names. I do agree with you Evelyn would work fine on a boy, it has a very masculine feel about it. EV- as in Everett or Evren is a sharp sound and the -N ending would fit right in with what is popular for boys names today, of course most would see the -lyn and think girl. I actually adore the name Lyn on a boy. But (we) are obviously in the minority in thinking this.

Moony Says:


It's difficult to stay away from Nameberry when it's one of the top baby name websites listed over and over again. The layout is also enjoyable, it's easy to navigate, and I do enjoy that this site often goes into detail about the individual etymologies. I'm not saying I hate this site (if I did, I wouldn't be here), but I am saying that it is incredibly irritating, frustrating and even disheartening to see this wonderful site become so disgustingly sexist.

Moony Says:


If you say so. Though, I will say that if you read their comment on Evelyn for a boy again, I think you'll find that they are trying to "sway me away from the name", quite forcefully, in fact.

Moony Says:


I KNOW that it's popular with girls. But why would that be considered a problem? If Nameberry thinks it's totally cool for a girl to go out into the world with the name Roscoe - because apparently it's "an even edgier, more hipsterish name for girls", when why should they be allowed to criticise Evelyn for a boy when some people (myself included) still view it as masculine?

I'm not arguing with you necessarily, but rather criticizing your justification of Nameberry's extremely sexist attitude.

Moony Says:


But Nameberry says that Owen is appropriate for a girl.

Moony Says:


Well, then why else would it be inappropriate for a boy? Because Nameberry obviously doesn't think that it's a "strong" name choice. -_-

Moony Says:


And that's sexist. And it needs to change. And this site is not in any way, shape or form helping that change. If anything, Nameberry is hindering the process.

jess181 Says:


I've also been really frustrated by this. There's so much of 'this name has really gone to the girls' and the description of the name ends there. Yet I never see 'this name has gone to the boys'. It's as if any association with femininity ruins names for boys, but not the other way round. Very sexist.

Why not just describe the name and leave it up to the parents to decide whether it suits one gender more than the other?

Guest Says:


I totally agree with you Sunflowerist! My favorite thing about Nameberry is its personality. NB isn't afraid to tell you the truth. Let's be honest here, if you name your son Evelyn he's not going to have an easy time with his name, especially one so identifiable by women. NB is only trying to give you a heads-up, they aren't trying to sway you away from the name. Ultimately, you decide how you feel about a name, not a website.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


No one said it was weak for a boy.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Oh, I'm pretty sure little girls named James and Barry hate their parents for naming them that. It's just easier for girls to act like guys than it is for guys to act like girls.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Naming a boy Elizabeth has nothing to do with anything in the conversation. If you're going to be like that, Elizabeth has Eli in it so therefore it's masculine. That was sarcasm.To be honest, I never knew Evelyn was ever even considered by a parent for a son before two days ago. If you want to name your son Evelyn, no one is stopping you. If you want to name your son Elizabeth, no one is stopping you. Just know that it is very popular for girls and is seen as a girl name in this day and age. I'm pretty sure that's what the writers of NB were thinking. It was an opinion. Maybe you should be a lawyer, because you really liked to argue with me about this. Although I like arguing so thank you for the topic :)

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Owen is not a girl name. Never will be. Aiden though, my younger sister who is seven has two Aiden's in her grade, one a boy and one a girl. Did I not say Adam would be awful on a girl?

Sunflowerist Says:


This site is not telling you what your opinion should be but it definitely is an opinionated name site, whether you agree or disagree is your own choice. I disagree with what they say sometimes about my favorite names but I can handle conflicting opinion. If you are looking for a baby name database that is just a listing of names, origins, meanings there are plenty of those out there too and I think you are 100% free to go to those sites and not come on NB if the content of NB offends you..

Moony Says:


True, but as a name database this site should then remain neutral, thereby allowing people to form their own opinions on names, as opposed to TELLING them what their opinions should be. Surely that would be much more appropriate as opposed to: "LOGAN FOR A GIRL IS TOTALLY AWESOME! But, Whitney, for a boy? Don't be foolish!" Or do you disagree?

Moony Says:


And yet, I'm assuming, you believe it is justified to support Owen and Aiden (ridiculously popular boy names) on girls?

Moony Says:


It was masculine once. And pointing out "Eve" is like saying: Michaela is such a manly name. Because what's feminine about Michael? Like naming a boy Elizabeth.

Moony Says:


How is it not sexism? I just stated that boy names on girls are encouraged on this site. But even the softer boy names like Rowan are being showcased as not very desirable, just because people have started slapping them on girls. So, basically, a masculine is awesome for girls, but once it gets popular with girls it looses its masculinity and is then considered too weak and pathetic for a boy. Because femininity is weak and sub-par, right? - again, how is that not sexist?

Moony Says:


But the little girls named James and Barry (supported by this site), are never going to have a problem? It's incredibly insulting of you to even suggest that a son might hate a parent for something so trivial. Especially since, here in the 21st century, not all boys feel ashamed of bearing connections with girls!

Guest Says:


Personally, I think that nameberry is a name database, which means their job is to document ALL names being used across the world, no matter the gender preference or uniqueness of the spelling or strangenes of name in general. They are opening up a wealth of naming-knowledge to the world and there's nothing wrong with that.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Doesn't mean it is still appropriate to give a little boy a name that is seen as so feminine and girly in this day and age and is rapidly on the rise for girls.

CocoWhite Says:


No one's telling you you can't name your son Evelyn. We're just saying he'll probably hate you for it.

mckaylalove Says:


Actually, Evelyn was originally a boys name.

Wendy Says:


I don't think it's sexism to think Evelyn is not the best name for a little boy.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Evelyn is such a girly name... I agree, it is not appropriate on a boy. What is masculine about Eve? Like naming a girl Adam.

Moony Says:


I'm so tired of this site's sexism. Elliot and Auberon are cool for girls, by your standards, but traditional and respectable boy/unisex names for boys are inappropriate? The nerve. As it stands, Evelyn is an absolutely beautiful name for a boy and I will most certainly be considering it for a future son.