Evelyn was originally an English surname that comes from the first name Aveline. Aveline is a diminutive form of the Germanic name Avila, whose meaning is disputed. It possibly comes from the Germanic element avi which may mean "desired." Evelyn was used most often for boys until the 20th century, when it was taken to be a form of Eve + the popular feminine ending -lyn.
See Also: Ava, Avalene

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