Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Evelyn, John 1620-1706. English writer whose Diary, published in 1818, is a valuable historical record of his times.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. A matronymic surname.
  • proper n. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should not EVELYN have inserted an oak-tree in his bearings? for his "Sylva" occasioned the plantation of "many millions of timber-trees," and the present navy of Great Britain has been constructed with the oaks which the genius of Evelyn planted.

    Literary Character of Men of Genius Drawn from Their Own Feelings and Confessions

  • Evelyn is constantly searching for new avenues to expand her architectural knowledge, and is a freelance writer for a number of written and online publications.

    Evelyn Lee | Inhabitat

  • I spoke about Murder Off the Books and the characters in Evelyn David's fictional world.

    Mayhem Diary | The Stiletto Gang

  • But Evelyn is much more to me that the story of her ring.

    Real

  • Maria Y. Lima and Evelyn Whitehill (Evelyn is an active volunteer at Mayhem and one great lady).

    May 2006

  • “The name Evelyn could be a man or a woman,” he told me.

    The X-Rated Emperor

  • What a wonderful get-together here in Evelyn's n ...

    The Bird Below Is an American Kestrel...Not a Red-Tailed Hawk ...Which Makes the Story Even More Amazing

  • She was of course reconciled, she sobbed, to Evelyn marrying some day: only plain and stupid girls were left to be old maids: but it must not happen for years and years and years to come, and when it did, it must be to some one much older than herself, some one she did not greatly care for: in short, Evelyn was to marry only to escape the odium of the single life.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • Not a business phone, either, but a residential bill, in the name of someone called Evelyn (not her real name).

    The Hacker Crackdown

  • Without a word Evelyn turned into the fragrant recess.

    We Three

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