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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.

First found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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, 1630, 1702, 1720, 1693, 1734, 1723, 1715, 1680, 1749 and are included under the topic Early Evans History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 209 words(15 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

  • Christo Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Laurance Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Lawrence Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Marke Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Clement Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1623

Evans Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1707
  • Jos Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Lydia Evans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1711
  • Philip Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Griffeth Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Evans Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John May Evans, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • John D Evans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • John J Evans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Ferdinand G Evans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Hugh W Evans, who arrived in Maryland in 1811


  • Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909), American novelist, born in Columbus, Georgia
  • John Evans (1814-1897), American medical practitioner, founder of several educational institutions, and namesake of Evanston, Illinois
  • Ronald Ellwin Evans Jr. (1933-1990), American astronaut and one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon
  • William John "Bill" Evans (1929-1980), American jazz musician
  • Ernest Evans (b. 1941), original name of Chubby Checker, the American singer-songwriter perhaps best known for his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist"
  • Walker Evans (1903-1975), American photographer
  • Commander Ernest Edwin Evans (1908-1944), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Laerence Craig Evans (b. 1949), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2004
  • Brigadier-General Edward Arthur Evans (1895-1985), American Commanding General Florida Subsection (1942-1944)
  • Major-General Frederick William Evans (1898-1974), American Commanding General of the Second Air Force, Fort Crook, Nebraska (1946-1947)



  • American Family History: Fox, Ellicott, Evans by Charles Worthington Evans.
  • Anthony Evans of Colonial Southside Virginia: Lines of Banks, Blackwell, Bugg, Burnett, Davis, Evans, Fox, Ingram, Matthew, Smith, Walker: A Sourcebook for Related Materials by June Banks Evans.

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  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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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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