Evelyn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval English form of the Old French female name Aveline, diminutive of the Germanic root avi, of uncertain meaning, possibly "desired, wished for" , or aval "strength". By folk etymology the female name is seen as a diminutive of Eve.

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Evelyn

  1. A female given name.
    • 1855 Robert Browning: Evelyn Hope:
      Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead! / Sit and watch by her side an hour.
    • 1980 Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children. Alfred A.Knopf 1981. ISBN 0-394-51470-X page 179:
      "I don't wear flowers," Evelyn Lilith said, and tossed the unwanted chain into the air, spearing it before it fell with a pellet from her unerring Daisy air-pistol. Destroying flowers with a Daisy, she served notice that she was not to be manacled, not even by a necklace: she was our capricious, whirligig Lill-of-the-Hill. And also Eve. The Adam's-apple of my eye.
  2. A matronymic surname​.
  3. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

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German[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Evelyn

  1. A female given name borrowed from English.

Norwegian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Evelyn

  1. A female given name borrowed from English.