Evan Name Meaning

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Evan is a popular Welsh name meaning "the Lord is gracious." A version of the English name John, and the Spanish name Juan, Evan has Hebrew origins. The word evan, itself, means "rock" in Hebrew. Evan is also the shortened version of the Greek names Evangelos, meaning "good messenger" and Evander, meaning "good man."

When you imagine an Evan he (or she) might be sporty, creative, clever, funny, a friend to many. Perhaps you imagine someone 'Godly,' like Evan Almighty. The name Evan is not only classic but it's quite versatile.

  • Origin: Welsh/Hebrew
  • Gender: Evan is most often given as a boy's name.
  • Pronunciation: EH - v uh n

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Evan?

The name Evan has been widely used in Wales since the 19th century. As a boy's name, Evan has been a consistent choice, growing in popularity over the years and placing in the top 100 in 1983 (when it sat at 93rd place). In 2009, Evan reached 35th on the charts, which was its peak position. As a girl's name, Evan is not particularly popular. It has never been in the top 100 names for girls and is considered to be a rare choice.

Name Variations

There are quite a few variations of the name Evan in other languages and countries, including:

  • Hans (German)
  • Ian (Scottish/Gaelic)
  • Iain (Scottish/Gaelic)
  • Ivan (Slavic)
  • Evander (Greek)
  • Evangelos (Greek)
  • Giovanni (Italian)
  • John (English)
  • Juan (Spanish)

Similar Names

Here are some names that have a similar vibe to Evan:

  • Aiden
  • Andrew
  • Braiden
  • Caleb
  • Cole
  • Ethan
  • Gabe
  • Gavin
  • Jaden
  • Landon
  • Liam
  • Nathan
  • Owen
  • Zach

Here are some other Welsh baby names for boys (or girls):

  • Aled
  • Cai
  • Cain
  • Dafydd
  • Daryn
  • Dylan
  • Elis
  • Gareth
  • Maddox
  • Owen
  • Reece
  • Tomos
  • Trenton
  • Tristan

Other boy names that start with ‘E’ include:

  • Earl
  • Eddie
  • Eden
  • Edward
  • Eldon
  • Elijah    
  • Elliot
  • Elroy
  • Elvin
  • Emmitt
  • Emory
  • Enrique
  • Eric
  • Ezra

Suggested Sibling Names

Potential sibling names for baby Evan could be:      

  • Audrey
  • Ava
  • Baxter
  • Cali
  • Charlie
  • Conner
  • Cora
  • Daniel  
  • Ella
  • Eliza
  • Everleigh
  • Hannah
  • Henry
  • Jacob
  • Jared
  • Nadia
  • Margo

Famous People Named Evan

  • Evan Alexander, American politician
  • Evan Bayh, American politician
  • Evan Baylis, American football player
  • Evan Berry, American football player
  • Evan Brown, American football player
  • Evan Dara, American novelist
  • Evan Goldberg, Canadian screenwriter, film producer and director
  • Evan Meek, American baseball player
  • Evan Kauffmann, German-American ice hockey player
  • Evan Rachel Wood, American actress

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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By Shannon Day
Shannon Day is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, lifestyle, and women's humor. She has been published in several online parenting and lifestyle sites as well as in print. Shannon is also the co-author of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!