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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.
The surname Evans was 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.
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, 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 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 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 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
Evans Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Griffith Evans, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- John Jwoihfne Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Willm Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Mr. Henry Evans U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784
- Hugh Evans, who landed in Newfoundland in 1791
Evans Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Moses Evans, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Charlotte Evans, who landed in Canada in 1832
- Alicia Evans, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
- Henry Evans, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
- Rachel Evans, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
Evans Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- M Evans, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- D Evans, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Evans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- David Evans, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Joseph Evans, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Lewis Evans, British convict from Malta, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Evans, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Evans, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
Evans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Evans landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1839
- Francis Evans landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- J Edward Evans landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
- John Evans landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
- Thomas Evans, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- Terrence Horace Evans (1934-2015), American film and stage actor, known for his roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Medford Stanton Evans (1934-2015), American journalist and author of eight books, including Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies (2007)
- Mrs. Alfrida Evans (1884-1914), née Johnansdotter American Third Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- John Victor Evans Sr. (1925-2014), American politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (1977-1987)
- Miss Edith Corse Evans (d. 1912), aged 36, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Major-General Vernon Evans (1893-1987), American Inspector-General, Eropean Command (1948)
- Brigadier-General Henry Cotheal Evans (1895-1976), American Commanding Officer 35th Anti-Aircraft Brigade (1946)
- Major-General Frederick William Evans (1898-1974), American Commanding General of the Second Air Force, Fort Crook, Nebraska (1946-1947)
- Brigadier-General Edward Arthur Evans (1895-1985), American Commanding General Florida Subsection (1942-1944)
- Laerence Craig Evans (b. 1949), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2004
- 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.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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