|Meaning||"Son of Evan"|
|Region of origin||Wales|
Evans is a family name of Welsh, and possibly Cornish, origin. Within the United Kingdom it is the 8th most common surname, being most common in the city of Swansea, Wales. Within the United States, it is ranked as the 48th-most common surname.
Evans is of Welsh origin. In its anglicised form the name means "son of Evan". Regarding its Welsh roots, it is a derivative of the name Ifan, a cognate of John. In the Welsh language, the f produces the v sound; Ifan (Ivan) became Evan.
In the Welsh language the patronymic "ab Evan" resulted in the anglicized surname "Bevan", which is also common in Wales.
Notable persons named Evans
- George Pawley White. A handbook of Cornish surnames
- "Cornish surnames E". Freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "British surnames". British surnames. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- U.S. Census Bureau; "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last"; published May 9, 1995; <http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/dist.all.last>
- About.com; "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin"; http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/e/bl_name-EVANS.htm; retrieved August 9, 2006