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EVANS Family History
This distinguished surname, of medieval Welsh origin, is a patronymic form of the Welsh male given name Ifan or Evan, itself coming from "Iohannes" through the colloquial "Iovannes", Latin forms of John. The forename John has enjoyed enormous popularity in Europe throughout the Christian era, being given in honour of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, or the nearly one thousand other saints of the name. The ultimate derivation is from the Hebrew name "Yochanan" meaning "Jehovah has favoured (me with a son)" or "may Jehovah favour this child". The surname Evans emerges in the early part of the 16th Century (see below), and in the modern idiom takes the forms: Evans, Evens, Evins, Evance, Ifans, Ivings and Heavans...
Evans (Variants: Evens, Evins, Heavens, Ivins, Ivens, Ivans, Heaven, Haven, Havins, Heavin)
A Welsh relationship name adopted from Evan, from Efan and Ifan - medieval forms of Ieuan. In Latin this translates to Johannes, the origin of English John, with the post-medieval patronymic suffix -s . Haven is back formed from Havens. Similarly, Jochanaan originates from Hebrew, meaning ‘God is Gracious’.
In 1891, the population in England and Wales was 137,842 with a less frequent 586 in Scotland. In 1881, it was reported that Evans was a top surname in the Bristol area. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked in the UK. A less common occupation for the Evans family was Agricultural Labourer.
The Welsh archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans (1851—1941), was famous for his excavations at Knossos on Crete, which uncovered the Minoan civilisation. This provided the vital missing link between Ancient Egypt and the rise of Ancient Greece.
In the UK, there are towns called Evanton and Evans Mead. Other countries include Canadan with Evansburg and Evansville, with the latter name common in the United States, where there are 6 out of a total of 13 Evans-related towns and cities. Bermuda and New Zealand have Evans Bays, whilst Australia shares the same town name Evansdale.
1881, 1891 Census
1881 Census in Bristol
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016
Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890
1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain
1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain
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