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