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The surname Even is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.

Even Early Origins



The surname Even 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.

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Even Spelling Variations


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Even Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Even have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.

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Even Early History


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Even Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Even 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 Even History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Even Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Even Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Even Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Even In Ireland


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Even In Ireland



Some of the Even 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Even:

Even Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joan Even, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Rob Even, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Antho Even, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Even Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Even, who landed in Carolina in 1780

Even Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelmina Even, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Even (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Even (post 1700)



  • Tim Even, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State House of Representatives 3rd District, 2010
  • Uzi Even (b. 1940), Israeli professor emeritus of physical chemistry at Tel Aviv University
  • Shimon Even (1935-2004), Israeli computer science researcher
  • Pierre Even, Canadian Screen Award, two-time Jutra Award winning and three-time Genie Award winning film producer
  • Pierre Even (b. 1946), Luxembourgian composer
  • Dr Maya Even (b. 1961), Canadian-born, British-based, University lecturer, journalist and television presenter

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Even Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    7. 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).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Even Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Even 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 07:46.

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