I understand that--growing up with someone really shapes the name for you. My mom is Dani
(although just a nn) so when I met my first male Danny
I just stared at him and asked why he had a girl name. lol.
I can actually see the appeal, honestly. I wouldn't use it--not even for stories--but I can see the appeal. Evvy is pretty bad. EH-vee makes it worse. EE-vee seems more intuitive. Evan Rachel
Wood probably made it more accessible but it makes me like the name less. I can't say I'm a fan of hers so I'm a little biased I suppose.