From elaborate Evangeline to spare, simple Eve, parents have embraced Ev names in recent years. Surname Everly has soared into the US Top 200. Vintage Evelyn recently cracked the Top 20. There’s no shortage of formal names for Evie.
But how about those other Ev names? The rarities with roots, or the newly invented options? Both have been on the rise, boosted by the success of the many longer Ev names in use, as well as pop culture influences.
Read on for 15 of the most intriguing and rare Ev names for girls.
Evadne – Ancient Evadne comes from a tragic story in Greek myth, but has a thoroughly modern sound. Evadne fits right in with all of the Ev names for girls, but also Zoe, Chloe, and Penelope. The first syllable comes from the Greek word for good – eu, just like Eugenie and Eulalia. It’s very seldom heard in the US, but has a striking sound.
Evaine – Neil Gaiman seems to have invented Yvanie for Stardust, based on one of the (male) Knights of the Round Table. It could be respelled with an E, opening the door to Evie as a nickname. Evaine is even rarer than Evadne, though Yvaine was given to 14 girls in 2014.
Evalee – Evalie is somewhere between an Eva-Lee smoosh and a spin on the traditional Emily. It’s a challenging name to spell, though, because it’s easy for Evalee to become evilly – not a positive association for a child’s name! Nonetheless, 32 girls were named Evalee in 2014, as well as ten girls called Evalie, and seven named Evaly.
Evalina, Evelina – Evelina has roots. It’s the name of a romantic heroine in Fanny Burney’s 1778 novel Evelina, and it’s connected to a family of names, including Evelyn and Aveline. The name has never been common, but has picked up steam in recent years, along with all of the other Ev names for girls. In 2014, there were 148 newborn Evelinas, plus 82 Evalinas – a new high for both. If you’re looking for a rare Ev name that has history, this is a safe bet.
Evalise, Evalisse – I’ve tried to track down Yvelise before. The name’s origins are murky, but seem to lead to a 1923 romance written by Gudio da Verona. Ivo is Yves’ Italian cousin, from a Germanic root meaning yew tree. Yvalise may be an attempt at a feminine form. It became Yvelisse and Ivelisse in Spanish, and 14 girls were named Evalise in 2014, as well as ten named Evalisse. It’s a rare name – at least in English – but has some potential.
Evaluna – There have been plenty of women with names like Eva Rose and Eva Marie, sometimes smooshed to Evarose and Evamarie. But Evaluna is a novelty, a night sky smoosh that brings to mind Stellaluna of children’s book fame. It was given to twelve girls in 2014.
Evanna – Evanna Lynch is the young British actor who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies. She’s an unlikely hero, and her character’s name has gone from rarity to mainstream favorite. How ’bout Evanna? It could be a feminine form of Evan, which makes it a cousin to all of the feminine forms of John. Or it might have independent roots. L. Frank Baum used the name for a character in Ozma of Oz, for a daughter of the cruel king Evoldo of Ev. Her siblings were sisters Evedna, Evella, Evirene, Evrose, and brothers Evardo, Evington, Evring, Evrob, and Evroland – that’s a post in itself!)
Evannie – This seems to be a true invented name, with no consistent spelling or clear roots. I first spotted Evony, which seemed like Ebony-with-a-v. Evannie seems like a more elaborate form, perhaps an attempt to feminize Evan. At least a dozen other possibilities exist: Evany, Evanie, Evonie, Evenny and Evenie spring to mind. In 2014, there were 15 girls named Evony and six Evannies. Nearly every other spelling variation turns up a few women by the name. One possible origin for the name is a Welsh village founded in t, Ewenny, though I’d guess most parents chose the name for sound alone.
Everdeen – The surname of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss, Everdeen was borrowed from Thomas Hardy’s Bathsheba Everdene, the central character in Far From the Madding Crowd. While they’re very different, they both go through all sorts of trials and tribulations to win a happy ending. Eight girls were named Everdeen in 2014, almost certainly a nod to the big screen heroine.
Everlyn – Everlyn feels like a nouveau smoosh of word name Ever and the ubiquitous -lyn ending, a cousin for Gracelyn and Avalyn. But this name first appeared in the US Social Security records way back in 1908. It was given to 20 girls in 2014, and seems like the kind of choice that we might hear more in the coming years, given the popular of Ev names for girls, especially Evelyn.
Evette – Yvette is the French feminine form of Yves, from the Germanic iv – yew tree. Yvette was at its most popular in the 1960s and 70s. During those years, alternate spelling Evette also inched into the US Top 1000. In 2014, Evette was given to 37 girls, while the Y spelling was chosen for 161 newborns. Given the popularity of Ev names for girls and the -et/-ette ending, we might hear more of Evette.
Evexy – Evexy is a rarity that caught my eye in a Names for Real post. It appears to be Spanish in usage, but I can’t pin down a source or a meaning. Nonetheless, I think it belongs on a list of rare Ev names for girls.
Eviana – Take Evanna, add a dash of Eliana, Aubrianna and the like, and you’ll have Eviana. 47 girls were named Eviana in 2014 – yet another new high, and more evidence that Ev names for girls are a trend. The double ‘n’ Evianna was given to 40 girls.
Evienne – Graft the French ending of Vivienne to the spare, simple Eve and the result is Evienne, given to six girls in 2014. Yet again, that’s a new high. Overall, Evienne appears to be quite the novel name.
Evolet – Let’s end with an invention that’s easier to place. The 2008 movie 10,000 BC gave this name to the love interest, played by Camilla Belle. The move claimed Evolet meant “promise of life,” which could be a poetic spin on the name Eve. It’s also pretty darn close to “the love” backwards. Read more about it here, including all of the alternate spellings in use. Before the prehistoric flick, Evalette was sometimes seen, but Evolet was all thanks to 10,000 BC. It reached a new high in 2014, given to 151 girls. Since the movie wasn’t especially successful, some of that usage is doubtless thanks to our affection for Ev names for girls.
What are your favorite Ev names for girls? Are there any you would add to this list?