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Pronunciation Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɛvan]; English pronunciation: /ˈɛvən/
Gender Male (rarely female)
Word/Name Welsh
Meaning "God Is Gracious" or "Young Warrior"
Other names
Related names Ian, Ivan, Ifan, John

Evan is a Welsh masculine given name derived from "lefen", a Welsh form for the name John. In other languages it could be compared to "Ivan", "Ian", and "Juan"; the name John is derived from the ancient Hebrew name יְהֹוחָנָן Yəhôḥānān, which means "YHWH Is Gracious". Evan is also a Celtic name meaning "young warrior". It can also be the shortened version of the Greek name Evangelos. The name is also occasionally given to girls, as with actress Evan Rachel Wood. Other female versions of the name include Evanna and Eva. The surname version of the name often used is Evans. In Hebrew, Evan means "rock".[1]


The popularity of the name Evan in the United States rose steadily over the last several decades, going from the 440th-ranked name in 1957 to peaking at the 35th-ranked name in 2009. It has since declined somewhat, but is still within the top 50 names in the US.

Evan's popularity from 1997–2012
Year Rank
2012 47
2011 40
2010 36
2009 35
2008 38
2007 40
2006 42
2005 38
2004 39
2003 44
2002 56
2001 56
2000 55
1999 57
1998 63
1997 60
Source: Social Security Administration.[2]

Notable people with the given name Evan[edit]

See also: All pages beginning with "Evan"

Popular culture references to the name Evan[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Evan". Think Baby Names. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Social Security Online: Popular Baby Names at http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames