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PronunciationWelsh: [ˈɛvan]
English: /ˈɛvən/
Language(s)Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Welsh
  • form of "John" / "YHWH is gracious"[1] (Welsh)
  • "Young warrior" (Gaelic)
  • "Right-handed" (Scots)
  • "Messenger/Good man" (Greek)
Region of originIrish
Other names
Related namesJohn, Giovanni, Hans, Juan, Hovhannes, Ian, Ioan, Ioane, Ivan, Iven, Ifan, Jack, Jackson, Jan, Jane, Janez, Jean, Jhon, Joan, João, Johan/Johann, Johanan, Johannes, Jonne, Jovan, Juhani, Seán, Shane, Siôn, Yahya, Yohannes

Evan is a Welsh masculine given name derived from "Iefan", a Welsh form for the name John. In other languages it could be compared to "Ivan", "Ian", and "Juan"; the name John itself is derived from the ancient Hebrew name יְהֹוחָנָן Yəhôḥānān, which means "Yahweh is gracious". Evan is also the shortened version of the Greek names "Evangelos" (meaning messenger) and "Evander" (meaning good man). The name is also occasionally given to females, as with actress Evan Rachel Wood. It may be encountered as a surname, but Evans is usual.

Other languages also assign meaning to Evan as a word or name. It is related to the Gaelic word "Eóghan" meaning "youth" or "young warrior," and means "right-handed" in Scots.[2] In Hebrew, the actual non-proper noun, "evan/even/eban/eben", literally means "rock". The old English translation of the name "Evan" could also be interpreted as "Heir of the Earth" or "The King".


The popularity of the name Evan for males in the United States rose steadily over the last several decades, going from the 440th-ranked male name in 1957 to peaking at the 35th-ranked male name in 2009. It has since declined, and dropped out of the top 50 male names in the US in 2013.

Evan's popularity as a male name 2000–2018
Year Rank
2018 86
2017 84
2016 69
2015 67
2014 58
2013 55
2012 47
2011 40
2010 36
2009 35
2008 38
2007 40
2006 42
2005 39
2004 39
2003 44
2002 56
2001 56
2000 55


Given name[edit]

See also: All pages with titles beginning with Evan

Fictional characters[edit]


  • Rev. Cadwallader William Evan (?–1876), first minister of Stow Church, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Mostyn Evan (1861–1924), Cadwallader William Evan's son. A South Australian lawyer and sports administrator

Pop culture references to the name Evan[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "John" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ "Evan". Think Baby Names. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Online. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Baby Name Website". Baby Center. Retrieved February 27, 2018.