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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.ə-VAN-jə-leen
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Meaning & History

Means "good news" from Greek ευ (eu) "good" and αγγελμα (angelma) "news, message". It was (first?) used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem 'Evangeline' (1847). It also appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) as the full name of the character Eva.
VariantEvangelina
Other Languages & CulturesEvangeliya Bulgarian Evangelia Greek Evangelija, Vangelija Macedonian Evangelina, Lina Spanish
User SubmissionÉvangéline

Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)

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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute