Show ContentsEvens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Evens is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John. 1 2

Early Origins of the Evens family

The surname Evens was first found in Herefordshire.

"Exceedingly numerous in North and South Wales and in the adjacent English counties of Shropshire and Monmouth. Thence it has spread, but in rapidly diminishing numbers to the midland counties and to the south - west of England. It is absent or singularly rare in the northern counties, a line from the Humber to the Mersey sharply defining its northward extension. Not one of the coast counties, from Norfolk round to the borders of Devon, is represented in my list." 3

Early records of the family are scarce, but we did find Howell ap Yevan in the Rolls of Parliament and David ap Evan in the Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery, temp. Elizabeth I. 4

Later, John Evens was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1568 and John Evans was a Freeman of York in 1679. Jaraes Hevens was found in Suffolk in 1674. 5

Early History of the Evens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evens research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1080, 1607, 1630, 1632, 1645, 1660, 1679, 1680, 1693, 1702, 1715, 1720, 1723, 1734, 1749, 1778, 1808, 1811, 1817, 1821, 1849 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Evens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Evens 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 Evens have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Evens family

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 England and Wales; George Evans, D.D. (1630?-1702)...
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Evens Ranking

In the United States, the name Evens is the 10,090th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 6

Ireland Migration of the Evens family to Ireland

Some of the Evens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Evens migration to the United States +

Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Evens:

Evens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Evens, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Mary Gold" 7
  • Magdalan Evens, who arrived in Maryland in 1649-1652 7
  • Franc Evens, who landed in Maryland in 1661 7
Evens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Evens, who landed in Virginia in 1704 7
  • Richard Evens, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720 7
  • William Evens, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 7
  • Edward Evens, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 7
Evens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Evens, who landed in America in 1806 7
  • Ezekiel Evens, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 7
  • George Evens, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 7
  • Jos Anton Evens, who landed in America in 1843 7
  • J Evens, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 7
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Evens migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Evens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ebenezr Evens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Evens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Evens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

New Zealand Evens migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Evens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joshua Evens, aged 22, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Edwin Evens, aged 43, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Hedley V. Evens, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Evens (post 1700) +

  • M. L. Evens (b. 1865), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Branch County, 1915-16 8
  • The Rev. George Bramwell Evens (1884-1943), British radio broadcaster and writer who used the pseudonym Romany and The Tramp
  • Robert John Scott "Bob" Evens (b. 1947), English Anglican churchman, Suffragan Bishop of Crediton
  • Bernt Evens (b. 1978), Belgian professional footballer
  • Evens Gravel (b. 1970), French Canadian fencer at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Evens, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking 9

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  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  9. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook