Evelynn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Evelynn was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Evelynn family lived in Surrey. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Ivelyn, in Calvados, Normandy. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae noted Roger Ivelin, Normandy 1198. [1]

Early Origins of the Evelynn family

The surname Evelynn was first found in Surrey where "the family, said to have come originally from Evelyn in Normandy, had settled in Shropshire and afterwards in Middlesex. " [2]

From this verifiable source, we found Burke in his Burke's Landed Gentry who claimed derives it from a place in Shropshire "now called Evelyn, but formerly written Avelyn and Ivelyn." (Burke) However, this claim has met with disagreement as "the name of that place was formerly Evelyth, which has never been that of the family of Evelyn. " [1]

Important Dates for the Evelynn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evelynn research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1620, 1706, 1631, 1706, 1591, 1664, 1628, 1660, 1601, 1685, 1626, 1640, 1648, 1660, 1660, 1620, 1706, 1818, 1655, 1699, 1633, 1671, 1664, 1666, 1677, 1702 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Evelynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Evelynn Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Evelynn has been recorded under many different variations, including Evelyn, Ivelyn, Aveling and others.

Early Notables of the Evelynn family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Evelyn (1591-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1660, reluctant supporter of the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War; Sir John Evelyn (1601-1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Wilton (1626), Ludgershall (1640-1648), and 1660 and Stockbridge in 1660; John Evelyn FRS (1620-1706), an English writer, gardener and diarist, best known for...
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evelynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Evelynn family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Evelynns were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Mary Evelin who settled in Virginia in 1648; Thomas Evelin settled in Barbados in 1671; Francis Evelyn settled in Philadelphia in 1874.

Contemporary Notables of the name Evelynn (post 1700)

  • Evelynn M. Hammonds (b. 1953), American academic, feminist scholar and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Former Dean of Harvard College

Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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