Evelyn Name Meaning & Origin

Evelyn

Pronunciation: EH-və-lin (key)

Origin of the name Evelyn:

English variant of Aveline, a French diminutive form of the Germanic Avila, which is of ultimately uncertain derivation.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Evelyn

Eve, Evie (pronounced EH-vee or E-V), Even (Pronounced Evan)

Elle, Ella, Elsie, Els, Elf

Eve (pronounced the French way, to rhyme with Bev.)

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Our daughter is Evelyn but called Eva ( EH-vah vs E-vah/ Eve-a) My mother goes by Evelyn and was named for her great Aunt who went by Eva and we liked that pronunciation.

My daughter's name is Evelyn. We call her Evie (Eh-V), but my family all spells it Evy. I also just shorten it to Ev.

My daughters name is Evelyn, but we call her Ev or Evie.

Meanings and history of the name Evelyn

Evelyn is a traditionally unisex name that is today usually used only for girls. The original form was the Norman French female name Aveline, related to the Germanic Ava/Avia, of unknown meaning. In Latin 'avis' meant 'bird' so that has been attached for convenience, as has the French avelline from Latin avellana meaning 'hazelnut'. It has also been used as an Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Éibhleann meaning 'radiance' but this is coincidental attachment rather than true origin.

Famous real-life people named Evelyn

Evelyn Keyes- Actress
Evelyn Nesbit- Model and chorus girl (perhaps best remembered for her role in the Thaw-White love triangle murder)

Evelyn in song, story & screen

Evelyn was the female lead played by Kate Beckinsale in the movie "Pearl Harbor."
Evelyn (Evie) was the female lead played by Natalie Portman in the movie "V for Vendetta."
Evelyn was the female lead played by Rachel Weisz in the movies "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."
Evelyn Salt was the female title character played by Angelina Jolie in the 2010 movie "Salt".
Evelyn was the female character played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie "American Psycho".
"Evelyn" song by Hurts

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