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Origin: Ghana
Region Origin: Western Africa

Evelyn is a given name in the English language, originally used as a surname derived from Aveline, a feminine Norman French diminutive of the name Ava. The name has its roots in the Norman French name Aveline, which was brought to Britain after the Norman Conquest. In Ireland, it became Eibhlín and then Eileen. Some theories suggest that Evelyn is a portmanteau of Eve (meaning "alive" in Hebrew) and Lynn (meaning "lake" in Welsh). However, the most likely original meaning of Evelyn is "water" or "island". Today, Evelyn is primarily a girl's name, although it was often used as a boy's name in the past. The name Evelyn has been popular for hundreds of years and has seen a recent rise in popularity. According to Social Security Administration data, Evelyn has been in use as a baby girl name since the 1800s, but it did not make its way back into the top ten rankings until 2017. The name may have gained popularity thanks to celebrities like Evelyn Lozada, reality star of Basketball Wives and model, and famous parents who have given this name to their children, like Bruce Willis and Carey Mulligan.

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