The name Evelyn is a girl's name of English origin meaning "wished for child". Evelyn is ranked #9 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Would you rather?".
From the experts:
After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It reached the Top 10 for the first time in 2017. Evelyn has now surpassed 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.
Lists containing Evelyn:
- Girl Names Trendier Than You Think
- Best Girl Names Starting with Vowels
- Old Lady Names
- Vintage Girl Names
- Top Baby Names for Girls
- Vintage Baby Names
- Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000
- Antique Baby Names Back in Style
- Popular English Girls' Names
- Girl Names Ending in Lyn
- Most Common Names for Girls