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Where did the Welsh Evans family come from? What is the Welsh Evans family crest and coat of arms? When did the Evans family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Evans family history?The surname Evans is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Evans have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evans research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1632, 1080, 1607, 1660, 1645, 1679 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Evans History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Evans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Evans:
Evans Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Evans Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Evans Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Evans Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Evans Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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