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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.

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhirid Flaith a descendant in the Evans line about 1080; Arise Evans (or Rhys or Rice Evans) (1607-1660), a Welsh prophet and fanatic; Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679), Welsh priest, declared guilty of treason and executed, one of The Forty Martyrs of...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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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
  • Joseph Evans, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Evans Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Evans, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Moses Evans, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Charlotte Evans, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Alicia Evans, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Henry Evans, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
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Evans Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • M Evans, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • D Evans, who arrived in Saint 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
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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
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  • 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)
  • John Victor Evans Sr. (1925-2014), American politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (1977-1987)
  • 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
  • John Evans (1814-1897), American medical practitioner, founder of several educational institutions, and namesake of Evanston, Illinois
  • Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909), American novelist, born in Columbus, Georgia
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Evans Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Albert Evans, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Evans, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Emma Evans (1888-1914), née Willett Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • 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
  • Mr. Ernest Joshua Evans (1883-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary Ann  Evans (1853-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Joseph  Evans (1865-1917), Canadian Captain aboard the Schooner St. Bernard from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Robert S.  Evans (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Thomas  Evans (1878-1917), Welsh Chief Officer aboard the SS Picton from Cardigan, Wales, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Bella  Evans (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Francis Richard Evans (1905-1941), Australian Petty Officer from Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. David M Evans (b. 1911), Welsh Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Glyn Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Evans, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald J Evans, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Evans, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Evans, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Frank S Evans, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis Evans, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald Evans, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Trevor Evans (1921-1942), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942
  • Mr. Charles T Evans, British Air Mechanician "L", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Lewis S G Evans, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Evans, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Barnston, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. David Evans, English Leading Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Evans, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Richard Evans (d. 1912), aged 32, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Thomas Evans (d. 1912), aged 33, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Alfred Frank Evans, aged 24, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15
  • Mr. Frank Oliver Evans, aged 24, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • 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
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  • 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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    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    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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