User comments for Evelyn

Famous Bearer
Personal Impression

(click a heading above to filter the comments by that type)

Means "lively, pleasant".
― Anonymous User  1/29/2005
Evelyn is a cute name, mostly because I have such name. What's more, it has English roots and means "power". A simply beautiful name;].
amazing_girl  1/29/2005
Evelyn Keyes is an American actress. Among other roles, she played Suellen, one of Scarlett's sister, in the 1939 movie 'Gone with the Wind.'
alberto  2/21/2005
There was a movie entitled 'Evelyn' about an Irish man trying to get his kids back after his wife died. His daughter's name is Evelyn. It is very sad but a good movie. I love the name Evelyn. It is on my top three list!
ellen2321  2/28/2005
This name could also be pronounced with an "ee" sound at the beginning, Ee-veh-lynn or even Eve-lynn (like Eve and Lynn together). It´s getting a little bit popular, but it´s pretty.
Destry  4/15/2005
Famous bearer is child actress of the 1940´s, Evelyn Rudie (born Evelyn Rudie Bernauer).
― Anonymous User  4/15/2005
I am beauty, I am charisma. Everywhere I go heads turn and see me. Some people are jealous, others want to be like me. I am smart and I am not afraid to show it. I am Evelyn a river that flows and meets everything that there is to meet.
sweet_angelface9  4/26/2005
I always thought that Evelyn was a pet form of Eve or Eva. I guess not.
gaelruadh19  5/7/2005
It comes from the Old French (AVELÃ?), which means hazelnut.
EvelynMoura  8/31/2005
Male author Evelyn Waugh was a famous bearer of this name.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2005
While I spell it Evlyn (and have had to put up with innumerable misspellings) I have always loved my name because it is so rarely used these days. There may have been 10 Sarahs and Lindseys in my classes, but I was always the only Evlyn.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2006
My name is Evelyn and I like it because it's unique, no one has it. I read it meant 'quiet and agreeable'. It's either pronounced eve-lyn or ev-a-lyn.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2006
Evelyn was the name of Kate Beckinsale's character in the film "Pearl Harbor." After I learned here that Evelyn means "bird" I understood why they chose it! The movie dealt largely with pilots. Pilots fly. So do birds. That character could also be described as flighty. During the film she flitted back and forth from one man to another.

Despite my somewhat negative association above, I love the name Evelyn and have for as long as I can remember. I would seriously consider it for a daughter. I almost always want to avoid names that have several pronunciations because one of them usually ends up bothering me. I’ve never heard Evelyn pronounced in a way that made my blood boil though. EH-vel-in, EV-lyn, EEV-lyn…I like ‘em all. A friend noted to me that the sound reminds her of the word “evil.†Inexplicably, even that doesn’t put me off! A real favorite.
Gwenllian  2/8/2006
What a cool name!
― Anonymous User  3/19/2006
Evelynn is my grandma's name and she's from Finland so it might be Finnish, but I don't know.
amber monkey  4/11/2006
A very pretty name. Elegant and dainty. I had read that it is English meaning Hazelnut.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2006
My mother's name is Evelyn. She was a WWII baby (born in the 1940s), so she got her first name from a famous actress at the time, Evelyn Keyes.
HOHNancy  5/6/2006
In the movie The Ring 2, the evil Samara's mother's name is Evelyn.
echo_of_the_past  6/2/2006
Evelyn is a very unique and pretty name! Evie is also a cute nickname.
BtNfan  6/22/2006
I love the name Evelyn, and I also adore the nickname Evie. I'd be tempted to name a child this name.
Iridosmine  7/13/2006
My grandmother's name is Evelyn, and I've always loved it (she absolutely refuses to tell me her middle name! maybe it's really bad?). She was born in 1925, and back then it was pretty popular. At least she didn't get stuck with Mary or Betty! Through the century, Evelyn remained being used, just not as frequently, but lately it's been becoming more and more popular. Anyway, I would definitely consider using Evelyn as a middle name for a future daughter if I have one.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2006
Sorry, but this just isn't a male name. It is PURELY feminine, to me. I mean, when I added this name, I thought it was feminine, and its popularity was female. And that, to me, is what's more important. The first impression after you have seen it!
Starla-Marie_1993  8/5/2006
My current favourite girls name! I absolutely love it.

Yes, I understand that Evelyn was once a male surname like the dreaded Madison, but unlike Madison the MALENESS is not so heavily emphasised, and it has also been in adequate female use for over a hundred years. Female Madisons have only been around for about thirty years.
Luthien  9/22/2006
A variation of this name is Everlyn.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2006
Evelyn was the name of the Egyptian/English woman from 'The Mummy'.

I love this name; it's in the top few of my favorites. I'd definitely consider naming a child this, and I love the nickname 'Evie'.
Iridosmine  10/17/2006
Used to love this name, but now not so much.
nothingshortoftragic  12/12/2006
Evelyn to me sounds like a name best suited for someone born in the 1920s or 1930s rather then now a day. It sounds too outdated to me to ever be used or liked.
Missy  2/16/2007
I see that in English-speaking countries the name Evelyn seems to be a little bit old-fashioned. I'm from Poland and its Polish version - Ewelina - is pretty popular over here. It was given mostly in the 80's and 90's (me, for example). I've met many women named like this. As I've said, I'm Ewelina, too, so I'm not objective but I think that Evelyn (pronounced in English) is a name full of classic charm. And I really don't want it to gain popularity.
ewelina  3/13/2007
Perhaps look at Evelina, which would be closer to Ewelina. Same pronunciation.
ADT  3/31/2008
The name is beautiful, classic, and timeless. If I have children, I will name my daughter Evelyn.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2007
My great-grandmother's name was Clara, though she went by her middle name of Evelyn (her mother was also a Clara). I've always thought Evelyn to be a very beautiful name. Classic and really pretty. I especially love the combos Evelyn Scarlett and Evelyn Adele. :)
Belle  3/21/2007
This name is too feminine too use on a boy. It is pretty on a girl, but not a boy. It is just too feminine!
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Two famous bearers, actually! The author, Evelyn Waugh - most certainly a man - married a woman named Evelyn. They were referred to by their friends as The Evelyns.
Anneza  5/14/2007
While the male writer Evelyn Waugh was married to a woman of the same first name, he was known as 'He-Evelyn' and the female Evelyn was 'She-Evelyn'. His full name was Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh and hers was Evelyn Florence Margaret Winifred Gardner (no relation to Ava Gardner - at least I don't think so anyway).  10/9/2007
I know a girl named Evelyn who's 12 years old. Not a good name for a young girl.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2007
I think this name is very pretty. I hate Evie as a nickname, though. I know a girl who goes by Evie and I can't take her seriously because Eevee (pronounced the same way) was a type of Pokemon. Anyone who grew up in the nineties is sure to have this problem, too. Eve is much better.
kexorz  6/12/2007
The Dutch form of Evelyn is Evelien pronounced eh-VUH-leen.
Florabel  7/5/2007
I love this name, and plan to use it. I don't think it's outdated or too old fashioned at all. It's classic, and can be shortened down to several pretty nicknames. Unlike some of the more trashy trendy names that have become popular, you'll know that Evelyn has the lasting power to not make your child feel embarrassed later in life.
I plan to use the nick name, "Evy" (not 'EVE-y' but "EVV-y").
― Anonymous User  9/26/2007
I like that it can be said it came from "Aveline" which came from "Ava" which possibly means "desired". That just adds to the love I have for the name, and the wish to use it. Because I want a baby so bad, that she will truly be 'desired' completely.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2007
Famous bearer is Czech actress Evelyna Steimarová, born 5. June 1945 in Czechoslovakia.
Karcoolka  10/27/2007
My name is Evelyn and I am the only person I know with my name. I love it because I'm not just another Sarah, Stephanie or Danielle. It's timeless and classic. This name will always find favour in any age. Do I sound too modest? lol.
O Maoileoin  11/19/2007
On the adult swim cartoon "Frisky Dingo" Evelyn is revealed to be the real name of Killface, the super villain.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2008
It's a pretty name, and it doesn't sound like the blatantly Christian name Eve. The problem is that most girls named Evelyn will be called Eve, and the name is totally boring and makes me think of wacky Christians and their rants. Since the name is quite overused and still very common, I wouldn't use it, and it is quite clearly related to the name Eve, I'd rather use the name Avalyn, in honor of the beautiful and epic tracks Avalyn and Avalyn II by Slowdive.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
I absolutely love this name! It's so sweet and pretty.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2008
Generally speaking I've always thought of Evelyn as a girls name, thinking it completely strange that my grandfather has this as a middle name. His name is Frederick Victor Evelyn (LN) and he was born in 1920. I just thought his parents gave him a dud name, having used such pretty names on all of his older siblings.
Keladry  2/4/2009
This is all-male to me. A great name.
vomiting  6/12/2009
My best friend's name. She's a smart, kind, gifted, pretty girl, and that's also my impression of this name. It's a little old-fashioned, but that's kind of what I like about it.
plingy  7/24/2009
I have a Spanish-speaking friend with this name, though she pronounces it Ev-a-leen.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2009
Evelyn Dick who was on trial for cutting up her husband's torso and murdering him. She's a Canadian from around Ontario and it was the 1930's I believe when she was on trial. Had a daughter too. Very famous and pretty woman. She disappeared about 1980's. They're was a movie called Torso based on her trail and such.
SebastianCharlie4evr  9/25/2009
Evelyn Nesbit, born Florence Evelyn Nesbit, was a model and Broadway chorus girl in the early 1900s, who became famous for her long, wavy red hair and stunning beauty. She became notorious when her abusive husband, Harry Thaw, murdered Stanford White, a man more than thirty years her senior with whom she had had an affair when she was sixteen. L. M. Montgomery based the looks of her most famous character, Anne Shirley, off a photo of a teenaged Evelyn she cut from a magazine.
britto08  10/9/2009
I do not think the argument for Evelyn as a male name is very good. True, it's technically from a surname, but the surname comes directly from the female name Aveline. I personally see this name as a "reinterpretation" of Aveline or Eveline, or an elaboration of Eve, and not as a surname-name at all. So it boggles me a bit on boys.
blaaarg  11/15/2009
I really like this name. It's so lively and fun.
-Julia-  1/23/2010
In the new spy thriller "Salt", Angelina Jolie stars as a CIA operative (Evelyn Salt) on the run. The movie focuses upon the plight of a government agent who has been wrongly accused of being a Russian assassin that is out to take down the U.S. President.

Also including Liev Schreiber (as Ted Winter) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Peabody).

A Columbia Pictures production from writer Kurt Wimmer. Directed by Phillip Noyce.
Francesca  8/5/2010
In the UK, we pronounce it as Eev-lin, or Eevelin, not Evlin. Sort of like its component parts, Eve & lyn.
lunettarose  10/18/2010
Evelyn McHale, the beauty who jumped off the Empire State Building and killed herself. She was cradled by a taxi, and a photographer took a famous photo of her lying there peacefully, which was shown in TIME.
cardigans  11/8/2010
The name is absolutely UNIMAGINABLE on guys. I guess it's a pretty name, but too old fashioned for my liking.
Chrila96  1/2/2011
Oh. I didn't know this was a masculine name as well as feminine. I don't like this for a masculine name at ALL. However, I LOVE the name Evelyn for a girl. Love, love, love. I also think the nickname Evie is really cute.
Joy12  4/27/2011
Evelin is also sometimes used as an Anglicisation of the Irish or Aibhilín and Éibhleann. Aibhilín is a variant form of Eibhlín, which is also derived from the Norman French Aveline. Éibhleann, on the other hand, is said to be derived from the Old Irish óiph, which means "radiance", "beauty"; a variant of this name is Éibhliu, another Anglicised form of the name is Evilin.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2011
Love this name. The nickname Evie makes it more modern.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
Sorry, but this name has not outgrown its old-lady status. I don't know how people can want to name a baby girl this when the nursing homes are filled with Evelyns. Also it's not a very nice sounding name; brings to mind the words javelin and evil.
JW41926  3/16/2012
I really like this name. But can you imagine a 30 yr. old man with the name Evelyn?
No offence to those that are males and do have that name!
SEC908  10/6/2012
Evelyn Napier is a MALE character in Downton Abbey. It is pronounced EVE-lin (first syllable rhymes with Steve).
jess1234  11/26/2012
Love this name! So happy to see it's making a comeback, beautiful vintage names like Evelyn are so much better than trashy "trendy" names!
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
One of the few names ending in -lyn that I actually really like. My guess is the fact that it does end in -lyn is a factor in its sudden popularity, along with a revival of some pretty great 19th century names. Evelyn has withstood the test of time and can suit any age without sounding out of place... It's just a beautiful name! Of course Evie can be a nickname, (adorable) or maybe Linnie, if you want to use the end sound of the name. I highly recommend this name, use it now before it becomes too trendy!
Oohvintage  5/22/2013
A lovely old-school unisex name. That's right, UNISEX.
Tiger Lilly  7/12/2013
My name is Evelyn! It wasn't very common when I was born, except for on older women. When I was younger I disliked it for that reason, but around junior high I started to appreciate its old fashioned charm. I'm very happy it's making such a comeback- if it wasn't my name I would seriously consider it for a daughter. Interesting how much someone's perspective can change on a name, especially when it's their own :-)
evelyn a.  8/15/2013
My mother (b. 1925) was named after her Aunt Evelyn (b. 1906). When I was born in 1952, my parents also named me Evelyn. Needless to say, when I was growing up, most people named Evelyn were a generation or more removed. However, now the name is trendy again.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2013
Evelyn is the middle name of Theodore "Ted" Mosby, played by Josh Radnor, from the tv show 'How I Met Your Mother'.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2014
My name is Evelyn. I was born in 1953. My mum named me after her closest friend born in the 1920's. I was the only Evelyn at school. We are still few and far between.
Gowanbrae  4/23/2014
Evelyn is, IMO, a beautiful name, but is rare and "old-fashioned" in that it was popular in the early 20th century. There was a popular song of the 1940's about "heavenly Evelyn."
In the U.S., I've only heard it pronounced Ev-Lin or Ev-A-Lin. In the UK, it is pronounced both Ev-A-Lin and Eve-A-Lin. Personal preference, apparently. Also in the UK, it can be a female OR male name. On a British TV episode ("Foyle's War") I heard different actors refer to a woman named Evelyn Green using both the "Eve" and the "Ev" pronunciations. Curious.
JeffHanna  7/17/2014
Such a pretty name, but on a guy... not. I love it on a girl, it's feminine and classy.
Alexanna  8/8/2014
How this name used to be a males name only, scares me. Evelyn is not suitable for a boy one bit. It's not masculine at all.
The only masculine name even close would be like Evan or Franklin. Naming a boy this where I live would be so degrading.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2014
Evelyn West (born Amy May Coomer) (Born: January 30, 1921) was an American burlesque legend of the forties, fifties, and sixties.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2014
No offense- this is too old fashioned for my liking.
namefan5000  12/30/2014
It seems crazy to me that 100 years ago names like Evelyn and Vivian were used for boys - now they're wholly feminine. What's even more curious is that, while Vivian is probably my favorite feminine name, and I love names with the 'v' sound in general (Donovan, Silvana, Yvette, etc.), I don't like Evelyn very much. I think it's because all the vowels are so short.

Aveline, on the other hand, is lovely.
erb816  3/30/2015
I'm the oddball here - I don't like this for a girl at all. It actually sounds better suited to a male (similar to Everett, Evan, etc). To me, it sounds like the old-fashioned guys' name that it is (like Ira).
silly_rabbit  8/1/2015
This name is obviously for a girl. I don't get how it sounds masculine for some people. Also, for me it doesn't sound old fashioned, but it's better than modern names like Brittney. The way I pronounce it, and people I know is Eh-Ve-Lyn or Eh-Ve-Leen.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2015
Beautiful, cute, classy name. I love the name Evelyn for a girl. This is a wonderful vintage name. :)
― Anonymous User  10/17/2015
Evelyn doesn't have to be linked to Eve, which some people may find off putting. It can be said as ev - ah - lyn, as apposed to eve - lyn, and nicknames such as Evy (ev - ee) or just Ev can be used instead of Eve.
Evenly_Evelyn  10/17/2015
Just to mention, in my country, even if rarely used, Evelyn/Evelin is a male name. The female version is Evelyna/Evelina. Most of our female names end with "-a", so hard to think of Evelyn as a name for a female.
osobena  1/13/2016
My name is Evelyn. Male Evelyn, pronounced eev'-lin. It seems like it's a completely feminine name in the US but here in the UK it's much more androgynous, if rare all across the board. I actually changed my own name to Evelyn because my given name was pretty dire, and if you're going to change your legal name, I figure, you might as well pick something interesting.

In debates I've had about whether it's a masculine or feminine name, other Brits generally feel that Evelyn as a girl's name is somewhat pretentious.
13579  1/14/2016
I personally kinda like it as a male name, but only when pronounced Eev-lin, all other ways are feminine to me. I have no idea why, especially seeing as how I'm American and have never encountered a male person with this name (or a female for that matter).

Though really I only like it when pronounced Eev-lin, so I guess I prefer it as a male name...
leafsong  3/20/2016
I always found this name to be too cutesy for my taste, either on a boy or a girl. I prefer Aveline, Evangeline, or Evelina.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
Definetly only for girls. It's a surname from a feminine name, not masculine.
Eileen1209864  6/24/2016
This is my name and I go by Evy (pronounced EH-VEE) and I hate my name. Kids at school always make fun of my name by saying it's an old lady name or they snicker whenever a substitute teacher says my name out loud. I remember being like 7/8 and introducing myself to someone on the school bus and they said "Evy? Like Eve or what? Should I just call you Christmas or New Years Eve!?" I do get compliments though when I introduce myself to adults. Evy is okay for a nickname but LITERALLY 99% of people spell it like Evie and THAT'S NOT MY NAME. Anyways, I don't recommend naming your child this if you want them to get made fun of.
evyyxo  7/1/2016
My grandmother was Evelyn Octivia and my mom is Evelyn Delight and I'm Evelyn Elsbeth, and before them were two other Evelyns so I am the 5th one... my nickname is Evie... and when I was younger and went out partying, someone would ask me my name and if I felt playful I would tell them (Evil-lyn) and if I was trying to play off the better than thou attitude I would tell them (Hea-va-lyn) and if just with lots of friends I would just be Evelyn... but all close family and friends have always just called me Evie... first E short vowel and I silent and second e long vowel... I love my name and always happy to meet someone else named Evelyn.
EvelynElsbeth  7/15/2016
First off, Evelyn is super popular. I mean, where do you people come from? If you ever looked on the charts (which I doubt you have since you keep saying Evelyn is "uncommon") you'd see that in almost every place in the world Evelyn is higher than lets just say for example Sarah *gasp* I know! It's even more popular than Elizabeth, Julia and Victoria. This is in 2015. I know that almost everywhere Evelyn is higher than Sarah but the other names I only am 100% sure are less popular than Evelyn are in Canada which is where I am from.
Sania01  8/5/2016
Much more feminine. The name it was derived from was feminine. It's only considered unisex because of the surname I guess? Anyways, I much prefer Evelyne, Eveleen, and Eveline. It's much tolo common spelled this way.
XironDarkstar  11/30/2017
I wish there was a page for the name 'Evelynn' and not 'Evelyn'. I like the spelling better that way. Not that MY name is Evelynn, but when I'm old enough to change it legally, I might. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  12/19/2017
Evelyn Mali is a Norwegian singer.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2017
I know that this name is used in Scandinavia, namely in Norway. Also, a blogger from Sweden whom I follow has a daughter called Evelyn.
mairinn  12/22/2017
I love Evelyn. I like names containing -el- sounds anywhere in them or even if it's just in spelling like in this case and I love names with the -lyn- sound. Plus Evelyn is so feminine, classy, and, for me, sounds youthful, but classic and elegant, so actually has all that I like in a girl name. I think Evelyn on a boy could be nice years ago, like in the middle ages, it definitely could be an attractive name, but now it's too feminine and too many girls bear it, so in my opinion you'd harm your son naming him Evelyn these days and for me it's pretty much like you've called the boy Carolyn.
mairinn  12/22/2017
I don't see this as a masculine name, since the surname was derived from Aveline. I prefer other names though, like Evelyne spelled the French way, Eveline, or Evelina.
SapphireLace  1/9/2018
I'm doing some historical research and have been looking at the baptismal register of St Margaret's Church in the parish of Westminster, in London, for July 1714. This entry (which is nothing to do with my research, by the way) caught my eye - so I thought I would share it here, because I think of Evelyn as a nineteenth/twentieth century name for boys and then girls, but here's a female Evelyn named after her mother:
"12 July 1714. Evelyn Smith D to Hawksworth by Evelyn"

I always love to find historical precedents for modern usage.
Just Jonquil  1/14/2018
My name is Evelyn and I love my name but sometimes I hate my name because teachers at my school get confused because there another girl with the same name like me so they have to call us using our last name.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2018
Evelyn Chiu is a character in the book series STAR Academy. She is one of Amanda's best friends, and specializes in oceanography.
Kitandkat  4/23/2018
This name is a beautiful name for a young lady and can represent the strength and the individuality, even though the name is growing, the name is still original. This name is one of the names I have chosen for my future daughter because unlike me I want her to represent the strength and beauty inside of every little girl.
kenziequeen11  5/7/2018

Add a Comment

Comments are left by users of this website. They are not checked for accuracy.