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Pronunciation Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɛvan]; English pronunciation: /ˈɛvən/
Gender Male (rarely female)
Word/name Welsh
  • "God is gracious"
  • "Young warrior"
  • "Right-handed"
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 itself is derived from the ancient Hebrew name יְהֹוחָנָן Yəhôḥānān, which means "YHWH is gracious". Evan comes from Gaelic Eóghan meaning "youth" or "young warrior" and Scots for "right-handed".[1][2] In Hebrew, the actual non-Proper noun, "evan/even/eban/eben", literally means "rock". It can also be the shortened version of the Greek name "Evangelos" (meaning messenger) or "Evander" (meaning good man). The name is also occasionally given to girls, as with actress Evan Rachel Wood. It may be encountered as a surname, but Evans is usual.


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, and dropped out of the top 50 names in the US in 2013.

Evan's popularity from 2003–2013
Year Rank
2013 55
2012 47
2011 40
2010 36
2009 35
2008 38
2007 40
2006 42
2005 38
2004 39
2003 44
Source: Social Security Administration.[3]

Notable people with the given name Evan[edit]

See also: All pages beginning with "Evan"

People with a surname Evan[edit]

Popular culture references to the name Evan[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Evan: Baby Boy Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity". CafeMom. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Evan". Think Baby Names. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Social Security Online: Popular Baby Names at http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames