Name Evan Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Evan


Evan is a ♀ girl’s name and a ♂ boy’s name. Evan thus belongs to the gender-neutral unisex names.

What is the origin of the name Evan?

Evan is more often a name for boys, but is also a girl’s name. Evan is an English variant of Lefan, a Welsh form of John, but also a short form of the Greek name Evangelos. Besides, Evan is related to the Gaelic name “Eoghan”.

What does the name Evan mean?

Evan means “Yahweh is gracious” and “Yahweh is merciful” (from John), “bringing good news” (from Evangelos) or “youth” and “young warrior” (from Eoghan).

Evan as a versatile first name

Evan is not only a sonorous name, it can also be used in many different ways. Whether it’s a boy, girl, or fancy middle name, Evan is a great solution for all of these. Many know it as a boy’s name, however Evan is also a great way to give your little girl a very special name. If you want to make your child’s gender clear through the first name, an appropriate middle name can help. For boys, these are: Evan Seth, Evan Jacob, Evan Logan or Evan Cole. For a girl you could choose Evan Jocelyn, Evan Rose, Evan Birdy, Evan Melissa or Evan Monica. Various masculine spellings of this name exist, including Efan, Ewan, Evann, or Évan.

Famous people named Evan

  • Probably the most famous female bearer of the name Evan is the actress Evan Rachel Wood (born 1987). Evan grew up with her two brothers in Raleigh, North Carolina and her parents were both in the theater industry. At a young age, Evan Rachel applied for television and film roles in Hollywood. She had her big break in the teen drama “Thirteen” (2003), alongside Nikki Reed. Many engagements in films and series followed. Currently Evan Rachel can be seen in the series “Westworld” (since 2016).
  • Evan Peters (born 1987) is a male actor known to many from the popular series “American Horror Story” (since 2011). There, Evan embodied a different character in each season. He can also be seen as super-fast mutant “QuickSilver” in the “X-Men” film adaptations, which are based on the Marvel comics.
  • An American basketball player is Evan Mobley, who was born in 2001 in San Diego, California. He is a very successful player and since 2021, Evan is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A part of his basketball talent is his spectacular height of 6 ft 11 in.

Movie characters named Evan

  • The movie Dear Evan Hansen (2021), based on the musical of the same name, is about young Evan, who suffers from social anxiety disorder and is in therapy. Evan still goes to school and feels like an outsider. His therapist advises him to write letters to himself describing the positive things in his life. The core message of the musical and film is that although it is apparently not so for young Evan, anyone can get over a rough patch and enjoy life.
  • Another film is Evan Almighty (2007), the sequel to the film “Bruce Almighty.” In this comedy, Steve Carell plays the main role of Evan Baxter, who is elected to Congress as a congressman and wants to do something good for the people. Morgan Freeman, who portrays God, tells Evan to build an ark, which he then implements.

Pronunciation of Evan

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Popularity of the name Evan

The name Evan is ranked #557 overall.

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