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Contributor Contrib.bananarama on 5/25/2010
Derived from the Latin noun evangelista meaning "evangelist, preacher", which is ultimately derived from the Greek noun εὐαγγελιστής (euangelistes) meaning "bringer of good tidings" (see also EUANGELIOS, EVANGELOS and EVANGELICUS).The word has survived (with the same meaning) in some of the daughter languages of Latin, namely: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. In the countries where these languages are spoken, the word eventually came to be used as a given name, in honor of the Four Evangelists (i.e. the men who wrote the four gospels in the New Testament), namely: MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN (especially the latter). Because the name honors men, the name was originally exclusively bestowed upon newborn males. With the exception of Italy, this has since changed, though male bearers remain the majority.A well-known bearer of this name is the Italian physicist and mathematician Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647), who invented the barometer.