Evans (surname)

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Family name
Meaning "Son of Evan"
Region of origin Wales

Evans is a family name of Welsh, and possibly Cornish,[1][2] origin. Within the United Kingdom it is the 8th most common surname, being most common in the city of Swansea, Wales.[3] Within the United States, it is ranked as the 48th-most common surname.[4]


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.[5] 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[edit]


  1. ^ George Pawley White. A handbook of Cornish surnames
  2. ^ "Cornish surnames E". Freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  3. ^ "British surnames". British surnames. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  4. ^ 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>
  5. ^ About.com; "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin"; http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/e/bl_name-EVANS.htm; retrieved August 9, 2006