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Pronunciation help- EVelyn or EVElyn

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annatha Sun 31-May-15 20:46:08

What it says on the tin really. Evelyn is our provisional girl choice for dc2. We're thinking we can call her Evie or Eva for short. DH hadn't heard it before, I would pronounce it EVelyn but my dad says I'm wrong and says EVElyn. I don't want her having to correct people all the time when she's older.

Wishful80smontage Sun 31-May-15 20:47:02


RandomMess Sun 31-May-15 20:48:17

All I'd say is the one I knew was nicknamed evil-in...

Walkingonsunshine00 Sun 31-May-15 20:48:40


VivaLeBeaver Sun 31-May-15 20:48:59

I would say EVElyn.

Sycamoretrees Sun 31-May-15 20:49:35

EVelyn. But I have heard EVElyn too. Lovely name.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 31-May-15 20:49:36

I would say Ever- lynn

Weekipper Sun 31-May-15 20:50:05

I'd say EVelyn

VivaLeBeaver Sun 31-May-15 20:50:15

Yes actually Id stick an 'a' in the middle. So three syllables, Eve a lyn.

Letmegetanamechange Sun 31-May-15 20:50:53

EVelyn grin

But I have heard the EVElyn pronunciation and I do like it!

I love the name smile

superram Sun 31-May-15 20:52:44

EVElyn from the north. E v lyn have heard more recently in London, why not just Evie or Eva?

Edna1969 Sun 31-May-15 20:53:25

DD1 is EVElyn. DD2 calls her Eve.

Although MIL insists on EVelyn which grates. I think both are accepted ways to pronounce the name but am irritated (very unreasonably) that MIL won't respect our choice.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 31-May-15 20:59:09

I would say Evlyn but I think on the whole it's an either/either name. There's no right or wrong pronunciation.

lastqueenofscotland Sun 31-May-15 21:03:52


But imo it's a mans name - Evelyn Waugh

Edna1969 Sun 31-May-15 21:10:02

From my friend wiki:

As a first name, it can refer to persons of either sex, although it is more commonly borne by females.


Evelyn Ashford (born 1957), US female sprinter, gold medalist of the women's 100 meters running during the 1984 Summer Olympics
Evelyn Margaret Ay, winner of the 1954 Miss America pageant
Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writer and biographer of Voltaire
Evelyn Braxton, mother of seven-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Toni Braxton
Evelyn Brent (1901–1975), American film and stage actress
Evelyne Brochu (born 1982), Canadian film, television and theatre actress
Evelyn Carrera (born 1971), Dominican Republic volleyball player
Evelyn Chew, Malaysian-Canadian stage actress
Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919), English Pre-Raphaelite painter
Ewelina Flinta (born 1979), Polish singer
Evelyn Garcia, Salvadorian cyclist
Evelyne Gebhardt (born 1954), German politician and Member of the European Parliament
Evelyn Gigantes (born 1945), Canadian politician and Cabinet Minister
Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie,[1] DBE (born 19 July 1965) is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist
Evelyn Grady, first woman to be elected as the Lieutenant Governor of the state of Mississippi, USA (1975)
Evelyn Hatch (born 1869), muse of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Evelyn Hart (born 1956), Canadian ballerina and principal dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Evelyn Hooker (1907–1996), American psychologist most noted for her studies on homosexuality
Evelyn Keyes (1916–2008), American actress most noted for her role as Suellen O'Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind
Evelyn Kozak (born August 14, 1899), American supercentenarian who at the age of 115 years, 288 days is the world's oldest living Jewish person.
Evelyn King (singer) (born 1960), popular American R&B and disco singer of the late '70s and early '80s
Evelyn Lau (born 1971), Chinese-Canadian poet and novelist
Evelyn Laye (1900–1996), British theatre actress
Evelyn Lear (1926–2012), American soprano and opera singer
Evelyn Lincoln (1909–1995), personal secretary to John F. Kennedy from his election to the Senate in 1953 until his 1963 assassination
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874–1954), American sculptor and first woman to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design
Evelyn Mase (1922–2004), South African nurse and first wife of Nelson Mandela
Evelyn Matthei (born 1953), Chilean politician, former Minister of Labor and candidate for President of Chile in 2013
Evelyn Nesbit (1884–1967), American model noted for her entanglement in the murder of her ex-lover by her first husband
Evelina Papantoniou (born 1979), Greek model
Evelina Papoulia (born 1971), Greek actress
Evelyn Preer (1896–1932), African-American actress and blues singer
Evelyn Reed (1905–1979), leading member of the American Socialist Workers Party and women's rights agitator
Evelyn Thomas (born 1945), American disco singer
Evelyn Tubb, soprano and long-time member of The Consort of Musicke
Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941), English writer on mysticism and metaphysical poet
Evelyn Verrasztó (born 1989), Hungarian swimmer
Evelyn Wells, biographer, especially of the ancient Egyptian royals
Evelyn Williamson (born 1971), New Zealand triathlon athlete
Evelyn Wood (teacher) (1909–1995), American advocate of speed reading

VenusVanDamme Sun 31-May-15 21:12:09

EVelyn, not a fan of the other pronunciation.

JakeyBurd Sun 31-May-15 21:21:30

I think EVelin is the "correct" pronunciation, coming as it does from Aveline. However there are sufficient EVElins around for that to be considered "correct" now too.

All the ladies I've known with the name have been EVelins, but EVElin somehow sounds more correct for a man. I'm sure that's just me though...

JacobWrestling Sun 31-May-15 21:43:34

Strictly speaking, it's ever-lyn for a woman and eve-lyn for a man.

annatha Sun 31-May-15 22:10:11

Thanks everyone. I guess that I'll have to accept that people will pronounce it both ways but at least I know I've not made it up (thanks dad!). We prefer Evelyn as her given name as then she can choose to go by her full name or a nickname.

Sophronia Sun 31-May-15 22:53:28


NadiaWadia Mon 01-Jun-15 00:05:19

I prefer Eve-lyn (eev-lin) as this was my grandma's name and I prefer the 'Eve' sound.

But ev-lin or ev-a-lyn are equally correct. You just have to make a choice, but not get annoyed with people using the other pronunciation!

steppemum Mon 01-Jun-15 00:19:08

I would say both/either. I would probably follow what the person said when they told me her name.

I love it, very nice name

Steph1502 Mon 01-Jun-15 00:23:11

I've heard of EVlyn (lovely name by the way) but never EVElyn if I'm honest. It's only really when people read it anyway. When you introduce her to people it's however you choose to pronounce it. I don't think it would be that much of an issue when she's older x

Steph1502 Mon 01-Jun-15 00:23:40


Archer26 Mon 01-Jun-15 00:24:14

This was our choice if ds1 had been a girl and the pronunciation stumped us too. We decided eve-a-lyn. I think it lends itself to the nicknames easier that way.

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