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I think this name is very pretty, but I don't like any of the nicknames that can come from it or the fact that it reminds people of the Evangelical church.
-- Mommy2B  5/5/2005
The name is ancient Greek, derives from "Evangelos", an epithet of gods Zeus and Hermes.
-- Damis  6/27/2005
I think there's a book about a girl named Evangeline. She fell in love with a cajun boy who never returned her love and she eventually died a virgin. (I think that's the plot, anyway. Anyone who can say otherwise can feel free to correct me on this one.) This story came from a famous where I forgot was in America called the Evangeline Tree.
-- echo_of_the_past  8/2/2005
Famous bearer: actress Evangeline Lilly (Kate on 'Lost').
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2005
The beautiful Nicole Evangeline Lilly goes by Evangeline. Though Evangeline is obviously the better of the 2 names, I think Nicole suits her well.
-- Anonymous User  4/23/2010
This name is actually from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Evangeline is the title character, who falls in love with a boy in her village in Canada and is separated from him. She spends the rest of her life trying to find him, and she eventually does, but he's on his deathbed. It's a beautiful story - certainly worth reading. This is one of my favorite names just because of the poem.
-- Anonymous User  10/14/2005
The Evangeline of the poem was a French Canadian that was forced out of Canada when the British took over and settled as Acadians "Cajuns" in Louisiana. There is a tree in Evangeline Parish in south Louisiana where she "supposedly" hung herself.
-- ramzubov  1/5/2006
I think this is a very pretty name. Ken Akamatsu's manga (which was also made into an anime show) called Mahou Sensei Negima (aka: Negima! Magister Negi Magi) has a female character in it named Evangeline A.K. McDowell who was a vampire. It was a very good series.
-- Inu-chan  11/6/2005
Another spelling is Avangeline.
-- Anonymous User  11/29/2005
I think this name is really beautiful. Along with its variant "Evangelina". If I ever have a daughter I probably would call her either one of these two names.
-- Namesy  12/4/2005
Between its wonderful literary association to the poem and graceful, standout beauty, Evangeline is one of my absolute favorite names.
-- tmarie  12/10/2005
One of the main characters on the TV series The House of Eliott was called Evangelinge / Evie.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2005
This name also means like an angel, or of an angel, in Greek only though. It is also the name of the lady who was attatched to death in a short story. I do forget the name though, good story it was despite my temporary idiocy.
-- Esophtia  1/5/2006
I'm lucky enough to have grown up with the name Evangeline, and although some may worry that it is uncommon or strange I have loved it all my life. For me it comes from my Albanian origins.
-- Evangeline1  1/20/2006
Evangeline can be pronounced Evange-LEEN, Evange-LINE, or Evange-LYNN.
-- lkziemke  2/26/2006
Beautiful name! I will definitely use this as a first or middle name for a daughter when (if) I have one.
-- beautyofwords9  3/9/2006
The angelic little girl in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Little Eva) is named Evangeline St. Clare.
-- Ylva  3/22/2006
This is the most beautiful name I have ever heard. Its literary allusion is heartbreakingly beautiful as well.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2006
Evangeline is a major character in William Stafford's short story "The Osage Orange Tree."
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  4/24/2006
This is such a beautiful name. Evie is a good nickname, I wouldn't use Evan as a nickname though. I guess with Evangelina you could use the nickname Lina.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2006
Evangeline de la Mort Saint-Claire is the main character in the novel Packaged Bliss. She's supposed to be the most beautiful and rutheless queen there ever was and is married to a man named Leben Gesegnet Mitt Einiem Gottlichen Sieg Ezekiel Richellieu. Together they are an evil pair and though liked by their subjects are feared by everyone around them. The story is told from the opposite point of view, what I mean is that the main characters who appear to be the heros are actually the villians, it's just told from their perspective.
-- isolde  5/23/2006
Evangeline is also the name of an Acadian poem, about a young Acadian peasent girl who falls in love with a British foreigner called Gabriel, and betroths his child, during the Great Expulsion of the Brittish from Canada. It revolves then around the young woman's quest to seek him out, and when time passes, as she becomes a nurse and tends wounded soldiers in her old age, she meets Gabriel, wounded and he dies in her arms. Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2006
Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie is a poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It describes the betrothal of an Acadian peasant girl named Evangeline to her lover, Gabriel, and their separation as the British deport the Acadians from Canada in the Great Expulsion. The poem then follows Evangeline across the landscapes of America as she spends years in a search for him. Finally she settles in Philadelphia and, as an old woman, works as a nurse among the poor. While tending the dying during an epidemic she finds Gabriel among the sick, and he dies in her arms.

Despite the fact that Longfellow had no links to the Acadians or Louisiana, the Cajuns have adopted her story into their culture. Though “Evangeline” was not a usual Acadian name before the poem was published, it is today relatively common among the descendants of the Acadians. Evangeline is also the name of a Parish in Louisiana.

Later works of fiction expanded upon the material of the poem, claiming the “real names” of the characters had been “Emmeline LaBiche” (in Longfellow her full name is Evangeline Bellefontaine) and “Louis Arceneaux” (in the poem, Gabriel Lajeunesse). Among sites which claim a relation to these pseudohistorical figures are a house north of Lafayette, Louisiana, which supposedly belonged to Gabriel, and the grave of Emmeline in the Perpetual Adoration Garden & Historic Cemetery in St. Martin de Tours Church Square, on Main Street, St. Martinville (the site having been determined for its convenience by local boosters about the turn of the 20th century).

As far as I know, there is no such thing as the Evangeline Tree, but it is a tradition in Louisiana that the reason that the Weaping Willow weaps is in sorrow for Evangeline's loss; the moss that grows on said trees is also said to be a physical representation of her spirit as she wanders the bayous looking for her lost lover (the moss is supposed to look like her hair tangled in the trees as she hovers). At least, that's how my grandparents always told me. I have also met an old family in my home parish of Calcasieu that claims to be descended from Evangeline's inspiration.
-- Erin Brown  7/25/2006
There's no pseudohistory here. Emily Labiche (Longfellow's Evangeline) and Luis d'Arceneuax were real people. I know, as I grew up hearing the stories. Luis d'Arceneuax (the family eventually dropped the d') was my 5x-great grandfather. And, yes, the lovers were split up as were many families when the Brits drove our people out of Canada long ago. I feel badly for those who link Miss Evangeline's name to any fundamentalist religion, as many names sound like something to which there is no tie. Think about it.
-- Frenchy  3/30/2011
This name is beautiful. Nice meaning, lovely sounding and relatively uncommon. It also offers a lot of nicknames--Eve, Evie, Angie, etc.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2006
Longfellow biographer Charles Calhoun claims that Longfellow invented the name Evangeline for his poem, though others argue it was simply a very uncommon Acadian name. It was certainly not in wide use before "Evangeline"'s publication.
-- turabiannights  9/5/2006
This is on a lot of favorite lists on this website, which I thought was odd because it's rather uncommon. I've never liked Evangeline; I associate it with evangelists. It's starting to grow in me, though.
-- Anonymous User  9/9/2006
If you have seen Nanny Mcphee, then you know that the servant is named Evangeline (though it's not quite a famous person).
-- Anonymous User  9/10/2006
I absolutely LOVE this name. Good nicknames are Eva, Angel, or Angie.
-- libbygirl  9/30/2006
I absolutely love this name. It's my middle name, Audra Evangeline, isn't that pretty!
-- stewy26babe_eek  10/25/2006
I think this is a very beautiful name. But does it make any one else think of Evangelical and Evangelist? Not an association I would want people to always make about my name.
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2006
One of my most favorite names. It is truly stunning. Sadly, it really clashes with our last name.
-- Kitten  12/2/2006
I love this name! I think it's very pretty. I was thinking about naming my first born daughter Evangeline Rose.
-- Lumiereslove  12/20/2006
The French would probably say "ev-ANZH-el-LEEN".

This is a lovely name, but it remins me of the Evangelical Church, which I think is terribly misnamed, seeing that "evangelic" means roughly "good messenger"; what that carzy bunch seems to preach is fire and brimstone - "good messenger"? Not a chance. As a gay male, I have little trust and much dislike of these religious psychopaths.
-- gaelruadh19  1/29/2007
I do not like the name Evangeline that much, it sounds like the name of a fruit and I've never known anyone with that name.
-- calli_gurl13  2/24/2007
Evangeline is a beautiful elegant name. Lots of nicknames too, Evie, Eva are good ones.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2007
Me and my little sister love this name. I find it very pretty.
-- Anonymous User  3/13/2007
The reason people think of the Evangelical church or Evangelicals when they hear this name is because they have the same meaning: "Good news." The Evangelical church is supposed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world. A person who actually does this was called an Evangelical.
-- breakofday  3/19/2007
I love this name. I hope to one day use it for my girl if I have one. I also think the allusion to Longfellow's poem is a big contributor to my opinion about the name.
-- IHeartQuirkyness  4/9/2007
I really like this name, I find it beautiful. I use this name in a few of my stories. ^^
-- princesskisa  4/17/2007
The pronunciation escaped me until I looked it up just now. I was guessing ev-AHN-gehl-een. This is a beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2007
I think this name is pretty and the meaning is great. It's sad how underused this name is.
-- CharlieRob  5/9/2007
I kind of like this name, but "John the Evangelist" keeps popping into my mind, as does the image of some crazy, bible thumping evangelicals from Louisiana. There's also something a little sickly sweet about the name. The nickname Evie is nice, but heaven forbid she gets called "Vange" or "Vangie" by the kids at school.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2007
Evangeline, or Evangelina, makes a gorgeous middle name. It's a bit much as a first name, though.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2007
*snooze* Suddenly everyone's obsessed with this name, and it's hideous.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2007
My daughter's name is Evangeline. To me it seems to carry a great amount of grace and poise. I picked the name before it became popular, and it received a great amount of scrutiny, but it seems to have lessened now.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2007
Personally I do not like this name, it sounds like the name of a church or something.
-- joanie2007  6/26/2007
I may get bashed for saying so, but in my honest opinion, Nevaeh is better than this monstrosity, and that's saying a lot. Angeline in itself is a frilly name, but very sophisticated. Evangeline is too much for one name, and it's sickeningly tacky.
-- Anonymous User  7/19/2007
If you're gonna name your child Evangeline, at least give her a decent nickname. Angie is probably the best.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2007
I've heard a song sung by The Band and Emmylou Harris which is called "Evangeline".
-- Eirene  8/19/2007
This is my little sister's middle name and I adore it! We use the nickname "Evie" (pronounced Eee-V). It is such a cutesy nickname for an absolutely beautiful name! This is definitely one of my favorite names.
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2007
Perfect name! I love it! Pronounced: "E-VAN-JA-LEEN"
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2007
I love this name! It's so pretty, but it's unique! A good nickname for this is Evie (or Angel, but that's a little overused). Also, it isn't often that you meet somebody with this name, so it makes it easier to like, because you won't have a picture of some other "Evangeline" in your head.
-- Penneyperson  11/15/2007
I heard the name in a novel once. It wasn't any of the above classics, just a romance novel. However, I thought it was an absolutely beautiful name, and it was cute how her husband called her "Evie."
-- erb816  4/22/2008
It's a pretty name and the title of a nice Cocteau Twins track, but the etymology and the obvious connection to evangelical Christianity are good reasons, for me anyway, not to use it. I also hate the nickname Angie, and Evan doesn't work for females, sorry.
-- slight night shiver  4/22/2008
I dislike this name because it makes me think of Evangelical Christians - which is, indeed, a very unpleasant thing.
-- paintwolf  6/11/2008
Cute nicknames for Evangeline:
*Eve
*Eva
*Gelly
*Angel
Eve is my personal favourite.
-- Paris44  6/27/2008
What kind of nickname is Gelly?
-- diamondberries  9/20/2008
I think of a princess when I hear this name. It's beautiful. :)
-- CanadianChibi  3/19/2009
My great great grandmother was named Evangeline. She lived to be 103, and several of her granddaughters, nieces, etc. were named after her and most lived into their nineties, so I consider the name lucky.
-- Anonymous User  4/10/2009
I think it's a very sweet name. Very pretty, quite unique. It does sound like a fruit, but I actually like that about it. Unfortunately, I associate this with evangelical Christians. Now, there's nothing wrong with being Christian, but sadly I've found evangelicals to be the sort who can't live with you if you aren't Christian, and the sort that seem to think that God has sent them push religion on people. Now, I see nothing wrong with conversion of a willing person, but when people hand you pamphlets, try to use guilt to get you to sign up, and are intolerant and ignorant of other views, it makes me sad. The name is lovely, but I think people would think I was obsessed with religion and naming my daughter in my zealousness.
-- Wilted  4/12/2009
I like this name. It's classic and pretty without being too stuffy. To me, it would be great with the name Scarlett. Evangeline Scarlett or Scarlett Evangeline sounds like a girl who is beautiful yet grounded.
-- magicalhannah7  4/18/2009
I made up the names: Anevangeline (pronounced AHN-ee-van-ja-leen) and Evangelissa or Evangelyssa (pronounced ee-VAN-ja-lissa.
-- kool_babe14  5/7/2009
I don't get why so many people love this name. I can't stand it. It sounds pretentious and makes me think of evangelical Christians.
-- bananarama  5/8/2009
I like the name, but I'm not sure I'm as keen on it now that I know how many other people feel the same. I was thinking of using it for a daugther as a namesake for my late grandmother 'Angeline'. 'Angie' was her pet name and I'd keep that.
-- ginamarie  5/9/2009
A very beautiful and elegant name. Although it is quite a long name, it rolls off your tongue. I can imagine it fitting a blonde, brunette, or red head; a tomboy, a dainty girl, or just an average every day woman. I would definitely name one of my future daughters this. Also I love the nicknames that can contribute to this name: Evie, Evan, Evey, Ev, Eve, Eva, Angel, and Vange. I adore this name and the meaning of it is quite beautiful: messenger of God. A famous bearer of this name is Evangeline Lilly, one of my favorite actresses and I discovered the name after seeing her play on ABC's LOST.
-- Anonymous User  6/30/2009
In the new Disney movie "The Princess and the Frog", Evangeline is the name of the beautiful evening star that Ray the firefly falls in love with.
-- mecoyle  1/7/2010
I really want to love this name. I mean, it has so much in it's favor - It's got beautiful literary references, it's a long name (I prefer long names as a full name) with beautiful nicknames, it has a wonderful meaning, and it's very feminine.

The one thing holding me back is its link to Evangelical/Evangelicalism and every other form of the word relating to the religion. Unfortunately, I think that association will forever keep me from wanting to name a daughter this. (Just as Christian does with the name Christian - an early favorite of mine)

However, I love seeing this name become used and popular. While it's not for me, there are enough names out there to satisfy me. And I can only hope the same is true for everybody else. :)
-- Anonymous User  4/28/2010
Evangeline is a leading character in the recent (and very well written, in my opinion) novel Angelology, by Danielle Trussoni. I won't explain the full plot here as I know I will babble, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an intense and captivating read.

I adore this name. It is so elegant and beautiful, and I love its meaning; the promise of the good news. :) Simply lovely.
-- Hannah_E  10/24/2010
Used in a poem 'The Night Swans' by Walter de la Mare
"She rides upon her little boat,
Her swans swim through the starry sheen,
Rowing her into Fairyland
The lovely-eyed Evangeline."
-- wise3.1  11/18/2010
My daughter is named Evangeline. We spent months narrowing it down to just one name for a girl. We couldn't name her something ordinary because she has two older sisters a Trinity and a Piper, and we couldn't give her a name like Jane or Emily (both beautiful names, but too common). We named the older two before the names exploded in popularity. So Evangeline it was, never thought of Evangeline Lily or of "Nanny McPhee" Evangeline and she was born before Disney's "Princess and the Frog" came out. We call her Vangie, it's a little rough coming from such a fluid sounding name, but it fits our girl and we felt like using nicknames like Evie, Eva, Eve, Angel, and Angie would be too common place, and if she ever came across another Evangeline then maybe her nickname would be at least different.
-- wise3.1  11/18/2010
There is a song by 'Karen Matheson' called Evangeline.
"Evangeline, Evangeline
The angel of the morning is here
And though the summer is over
And we're all a little colder
We'll get by
Evangeline
It was meant to be
The angel of the morning is here".
-- Dominique_  12/18/2010
It's the most beautiful name there is, if I ever have a daughter her name will be Evangeline, we would probably call her Eva for short.
-- Oceaneyes22  2/28/2011
I pronounce Evangeline as ee-VAN-jah-leen.
-- Katya  3/14/2011
I think this is a really wonderfully lovely name, and it should definitely be used more often. Because of the 1847 poem Evangeline, it will always remind me of the Deep South from now on, and its cultural history of faded aristocratic hierarchy, fabulous Baroque fashions and general bourgeois lifestyle that the Cajun/European peoples of the area have historically (perhaps stereotypically) enjoyed. :-)
-- walesgal92  5/8/2011
I love this name, though the near inevitable association with the Evangelical church is a good reason for me to never use it. The name is pretty and has a nice meaning, plus a lot of adorable nicknames. However, I see no need to change it to make it "unique"; Evangelina and the other variants are just too much of a mouthful.
-- Black_X  5/21/2011
"Look how she lights up the sky
Ma belle Evangeline."

Evangeline is the name the adorably lovesick firefly Ray gives to his love (a star) in The Princess and the Frog. The song he sings to her is by far one of the best Disney has had in a long time. I never really thought much about this name before the movie came out, but after I took my nieces to see it I couldn't stop humming the song. A beautiful, unusual name. I like the nickname Evie best.
-- britto08  10/25/2011
Scottish musician Karen Matheson has made a very beautiful song about a girl called Evangeline. She is described as an "angel of the morning".
-- Caprice  9/2/2012
This is a name that I wouldn't mind having myself. It's stunningly gorgeous and heavenly, and it is so hard to understand why this name is not as popular as it should be. If you think it is too long or that your child would find difficulties in spelling it, remember that they won't stay kindergarteners FOREVER. They'll grow up and learn eventually, even if it takes time and practice, and for all you know your child could grow up to be a spelling prodigy. Or you could simply nickname her Evie for short, or Eva. It is not overused, which is a fantastic contributing factor.
-- StarMoon  1/31/2013
This is one of my favorite names. I am a Christian, but even if I wasn't, I would still love this name. I love it paired with Gwendolyn.
Gwendolyn Evangeline.
-- Strangak  5/22/2013
This was my parent's second choice of name for me. Unfortunately I didn't get it. :( Its so beautiful, I don't know how you couldn't chose it. I am jealous of anyone with this lovely name.
-- Gio123  8/11/2013
I know two very young Evangelines, neither of whom go by conventional or obvious nicknames like Angel or Eva. One goes by GEN (prn. "Jen") and the other by GIGI.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2013
In Louisiana, where this name is used as a traditional Cajun name, the name is pronounced with the last syllable rhyming with "bin": eh-VAN-jeh-lin. Louisiana has an Evangeline Parish, pronounced that way, and there are several other Louisiana place-names and landmarks with that pronunciation. I met two women with the name Evangeline while I lived in Louisiana, and both of them pronounced the last syllable as -lin.
-- piquantmolly  11/6/2013
This is my lovely daughter's name! Once we heard it, there was no other choice. Beautiful, and uncommon, without being strange. Her full name is Evangeline Ilyse. We call her Evie for short. Perfect for her.
-- Steffiesunshine  3/28/2014

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