PRONOUNCED: av-ə-LEEN [key]
Meaning & History
From the Norman French form of the Germanic
, a diminutive
. The Normans
introduced this name to Britain. After the Middle Ages it became rare as an English name, though it persisted in America until the 19th century.
OTHER LANGUAGES: Avelina (Ancient Germanic), Evelien, Eveline (Dutch), Eveliina (Finnish), Eveline, Évelyne (French), Eibhlín, Eileen, Aileen (Irish), Evelina, Lina (Italian), Aileen (Scottish), Evelina (Swedish) |