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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).
-- Destry  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.
-- trayc53  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).
-- freeserve.co.uk  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

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