Meaning and Origin of: Evan

Meaning and Origin of Evan

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Place name : From the town in France famous for Evian springwater

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Young warrior
  • Russian : God is gracious

What does Evan mean and stand for?

The name Evan is of Welsh origin and means "the Lord is gracious". It derives from the Iefan, a Welsh version of John, which derives from the Hebrew name Yochanan. Evan is also a Hebrew word that can directly be translated to "rock."

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • Welsh : from the personal name Iefan, a Welsh form of John. (The modern form of the personal name is Ieuan.)
  • Scottish : variant of Ewan.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Evan has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2000 and only recently falling out of the top 50 in 2014.

However, it is the 30th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Evan was at its peak popularity in January 2021.

Evan has been popular for quite a few years, with namesakes including Evan Edinger, Evan Handler, Evan Kim, and Evan Rachel Wood. Jenny McCarthy also chose Evan as a name for her son. It's been a popular choice for fictional characters, as well, appearing in Evan Almighty, Cheers, Greek, and Dear Evan Hansen.

Where is it Popular?

Evan was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Evan

  • Ev
  • Evie

Pairs well with these middle names