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Gender: F Meaning of Evelyn: "wished for child" Origin of Evelyn: English from French, Aveline Evelyn's Popularity in 2016: #12

After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It hit Number 12 in 2016, just shy of its all-time high of Number 11 that it hit around the time of World War I. Evelyn now seems likely to surpass its former heights, joining a legion of contemporary little Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines. All this despite having returned to the Top 40 for the first time since 1939 less than a decade ago.

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
Ellen Lucille "Evelyn" Thomas, American disco singer
Evelyn Stevens, American cyclist
Evelyn Lozada, American reality television personality ("Basketball Wives")
Evelyn Murphy, 67th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
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 Lee Marie "Everlyn" Sampi, Australian actress
Evelyn Knight, known for her involvement in the Abscam sting operation
Evelyn Knight, American pop singer
Evelyn Francis McHale, American subject of a 1947 photograph depicting "the most beautiful suicide"
Evelyn McGee-Colbert, wife of TV personality Stephen Colbert
Evelyn Day Bentley (b. 2008), daughter of singer Dierks Bentley & Cassidy Black
Evelyn Gabel (b. 2009), daughter of singer Laura Jane Grace & Heather Hannoura
Evelyn Tierney, daughter of actors Indira Varma and Colin Tierney
Evelyn Morneau (b. 2010), son of baseball player Justin Morneau
Evelyn Penn Willis (b. 2014), daughter of actor Bruce Willis
Evelyn Grace Mumford (b. 2015), daughter of singer Marcus Mumford and actress Carey Mulligan
Evelyn Renee Flacco (b. 2016), daughter of NFL player Joe Flacco

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
Evelyn Couch, character in Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Evelyn "Eva" Leland, character in the Elsie Dinsmore series
Evelyn "Artemis" Sharp, Character from DC Television Universe's "Arrow"
Evelyn Ferrars, mother of Juliette Ferrars from Tahereh Mafi's "Shatter me" trilogy
Crabtree and Evelyn, retailer of bath and body products

Evelyn's International Variations

Aveline, Evaleen (Irish)