Evan Name Meaning

A well-known name that’s avoided overuse, Evan is a handsome pick with effortless style. He’s short and sweet, a great alternative to the similar mega-popular picks Liam and Noah.

With boy-next-door appeal and endless likability, Evan doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to get your attention. He has a dashing sound with a simple spelling, avoiding pronunciation issues. As the Welsh form of John, he’s also a great way to honor a family member with the moniker.

Evan has the enviable ability to age gracefully, never feeling childish or too mature. He’s perfect for a spry young boy on the go and a hardworking adult as well. He’s also immune to feeling dated, consistently ranking over the years to avoid feeling trendy like other names that spike in popularity but taper off quickly.

Evan’s sound may seem familiar, as his rhyming friends Kevin and Devin have also dotted the charts in use along with him. While they have slowed in usage, Evan continues to go strong, remaining a familiar face in playgroups.

A cheery boy with more than enough heart to go around, little Evan is always striving to make those around him happy. He has a natural glow to him that draws people in, making him a natural entertainer whether he’s juggling everything in sight or popping a wheelie on his new bike.

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Evan Name Popularity

How popular is the name Evan? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 571 20 0.004%
1913 483 43 0.0076%
1914 709 23 0.0033%
1915 519 79 0.0087%
1916 435 122 0.0126%
1917 497 96 0.0096%
1918 509 101 0.0094%
1919 596 68 0.0065%
1920 533 97 0.0087%
1921 540 99 0.0086%
1922 512 111 0.01%
1923 565 86 0.0077%
1924 531 106 0.0091%
1925 534 96 0.0085%
1926 625 65 0.0059%
1927 539 93 0.0084%
1928 606 66 0.0062%
1929 581 71 0.0069%
1930 564 79 0.0076%
1931 668 46 0.0047%
1932 697 42 0.0043%
1933 635 48 0.0052%
1934 551 78 0.0081%
1935 681 41 0.0042%
1936 703 35 0.0036%
1937 546 75 0.0076%
1938 586 65 0.0063%
1939 544 74 0.0073%
1940 592 65 0.0061%
1941 570 72 0.0064%
1942 500 110 0.0087%
1943 562 84 0.0064%
1944 562 78 0.0063%
1945 552 78 0.0064%
1946 526 109 0.0074%
1947 505 139 0.0083%
1948 590 87 0.0054%
1949 553 108 0.0067%
1950 490 142 0.0088%
1951 467 170 0.01%
1952 426 224 0.0128%
1953 453 200 0.0113%
1954 443 225 0.0123%
1955 414 269 0.0146%
1956 417 288 0.0152%
1957 454 243 0.0126%
1958 441 275 0.0146%
1959 405 340 0.0179%
1960 380 389 0.0205%
1961 364 437 0.0231%
1962 361 447 0.0243%
1963 375 418 0.0233%
1964 320 550 0.0312%
1965 327 503 0.0308%
1966 319 502 0.0322%
1967 346 427 0.0281%
1968 369 405 0.027%
1969 335 501 0.0325%
1970 337 529 0.0332%
1971 335 512 0.0341%
1972 324 516 0.0379%
1973 316 518 0.04%
1974 298 585 0.045%
1975 305 584 0.0454%
1976 254 745 0.0578%
1977 222 967 0.0717%
1978 197 1,141 0.0849%
1979 168 1,390 0.0986%
1980 159 1,614 0.1104%
1981 139 1,966 0.1337%
1982 108 2,670 0.1787%
1983 93 3,046 0.2064%
1984 98 2,938 0.1975%
1985 91 3,219 0.2121%
1986 81 3,885 0.2574%
1987 83 3,866 0.2533%
1988 74 4,334 0.2781%
1989 69 4,922 0.305%
1990 71 5,308 0.3202%
1991 70 5,451 0.3344%
1992 66 6,051 0.3791%
1993 62 6,083 0.3902%
1994 62 5,891 0.3839%
1995 60 6,086 0.4038%
1996 65 5,579 0.3726%
1997 61 6,002 0.4058%
1998 63 6,083 0.4064%
1999 57 6,850 0.4574%
2000 55 7,332 0.48%
2001 56 7,259 0.4818%
2002 56 7,384 0.4927%
2003 44 9,443 0.6207%
2004 39 9,980 0.6548%
2005 39 10,105 0.6609%
2006 42 10,128 0.6468%
2007 40 10,289 0.6521%
2008 38 9,922 0.642%
2009 35 10,275 0.6875%
2010 36 9,729 0.6751%
2011 40 8,651 0.6072%
2012 47 7,897 0.5542%
2013 55 7,112 0.4995%
2014 58 6,712 0.4607%
2015 67 5,900 0.4055%
2016 68 5,596 0.3881%
2017 84 4,709 0.3374%
2018 86 4,356 0.3171%
2019 96 3,935 0.2907%

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Names Like Evan

If you like Evan, you’ll love these other names like Evan.


What names are diminutives of Evan?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Evan sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Evan, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ev

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Eva

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evo

Yew

French

Van

Of

Danish

Vin

Prevailing

Latin


What names are variants of Evan?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Evan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Euan

Born of yew; youth

Scottish

Euen

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evann

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evans

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Even

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evin

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evion

American

Evon

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Evyn

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Ewan

Born of yew; youth; God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Ewen

Irish

Ewy

God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

Ian

God is gracious

Scottish

Ifan

God is gracious

Welsh

Ivan

God is gracious

Slavic

Ivann

God is gracious

Hebrew

Ivano

God is gracious

Slavic

Iven

Yew

French

Ivon

Yew

French

Javan

Ionian

Hebrew

Jevan

American

Jivan

Life

Indian (Sanskrit)

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jovan

Latin

Owen

Noble born

Welsh

Yvon

Yew

French


What names sound like Evan?

If you like how Evan sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Evan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Devin

From dark-haired ones

Irish

Devon

English

Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

Evander

Good man

Greek

Evangelino

Good news

Greek

Evangelo

Good news

Greek

Evangelos
Evelyn

“The man from the house near the hazelnut tree.” Based on the Latin avellana, a hazelnut.

Ancient

Ever

Always

American

Everest

English

Everett

Brave boar

English

Kevin

Handsome

Irish

Seven

What names are similar to Evan?

Find a name that’s like Evan, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adam

Man

Hebrew

Austin

Great

English

Eric

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Henry

Home ruler

English

James

Supplanter

English

Jasper

Treasurer

English

Liam

Helmet of will

Irish

Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Ryan

Little king

Irish

Thomas

Twin

Greek


Lists With Evan

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Evan.


Siblings of Evan

Mamas with kids named Evan also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Gabriella

God is my strength

Italian

Brynna

Little drop of water; raven or black-haired; high, noble, exalted; defender; hill, mount

Welsh

9 Comments

  1. I love my name Evans it has has been affecting me positively as said here.
    Everybody loves me and the always Evans me all the time
    This is a name that would be kept for my first son in the future??

  2. We tend to lean towards “E” names. Evan actually wasn’t our first choice (Ethan was!) But when a close relative named her child Ethan we had to figure out something else!! Now we just love his name, and even has a powerful Christian meaning behind it.

  3. The name Evan Thomas has been in our family since the 1600s. Most recently my father was Evan Thomas, I the same, my son and grand son the same. Four straight generations. When I was young I really liked my name because no one else had it and it was easy to pronounce. When I was in the Navy I met some British Naval Officers in Hong Kong and they immediately started callIng me “taffy” when they heard my full name. Evan Thomas is VERY Welsh and the Brits call someone from Wales “taffy”. It may be good or bad, I don’t really care as I like the name Evan.

  4. I always loved the simplicity and beauty of the name. It’s got a V in it which makes it slightly more unique than your typical “John” but apparently it’s a version of John (my husband’s name). Also, when we looked it up, the Irish meaning (which is what I am) is “young fighter.” Combined with his middle name Alexander, “protector of the people,” I thought it was fitting. He’s a beautiful, strong boy that I hope to raise into a protective, philanthropic, benevolent man-as his name suggests. My sweet Evan Alexander.

  5. Evan popped in my head! His dads name is Adam, sometimes I mix them up. I didnt think anyone would mispronounce it, but they have! Evonne? What the heck. But overall, I love it.

  6. My Husband Chose The Name Evan .
    To begin with, its very close to his name “Esteban
    Secondly, Its a very unique Name.
    His Middle Name Is Javier Which is My husbands Middle Name As well.
    Evan Is a very short name and Has a Nice Meaning ” The Lord Is Gracious “

  7. I wanted to have an E name for a boy since my daughter’s name starts with an E. Out of all the E names I liked Evan the best.

  8. My husband loved the name and it was a strong but sweet name. I have heard other kids at the park called it so it’s a common name but not too popular.

  9. My husband and I combed through every baby name list we could find, including a fun app called, “Baby Names.” (It is a bit like Tinder for baby names, where you and your partner individually swipe left or right for names you like or dislike, and the app notifies you when you have both liked the same name.) Ultimately, we chose a name, but when our little one was born, we tested it out for a few days and it just didn’t feel quite right. We went back to our list of top names we liked, calling him by each to test them out. Ultimately, we remembered the name Evan (which wasn’t even on our short list!), tried it out, and it stuck! My husband has Welsh heritage too, and the name Evan is a very Welsh name so his family really liked it. (Because of the name switch, we also changed his middle name to Thomas after my grandfather as it flowed better with Evan, so ultimately, both sides of our family were also really happy with the names we chose.)


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