Evelyn is derived from the name Aveline. Aveline is a diminutive of Avila. Avila originates in Germanic languages and most likely means "longed for". It is the name of a Spanish city in the Castile and Leon province and is famous for being one of the cities with the most churches in the world. Avila functions as a surname as well, as a feminine given name it is rather rare in the United States. Originally, Evelyn was popular as a masculine name. Currently, it is more popular for girls, probably because of its similarity to the name Evelina. Evelyn functions as a surname as well.
Evelin, Evaleen, Evalin, Evaline, Evalyn, Evalynn, Evalynne, Eveleen, Eveline, Evelyne, Evelynn, Evelynne
Evelyn Taft - meteorologist
Evelyn Keyes - actress
Evelyn Waugh - novelist