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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.

Evens Early Origins



The surname Evens 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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Evens Spelling Variations


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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.

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Evens Early History


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Evens Early History



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

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Evens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Evens In Ireland


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Evens In Ireland



Some of the Evens 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 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
  • Magdalan Evens, who arrived in Maryland in 1649-1652
  • Franc Evens, who landed in Maryland in 1661

Evens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Evens, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Richard Evens, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • William Evens, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • Edward Evens, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Evens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Evens, who landed in America in 1806
  • Ezekiel Evens, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • George Evens, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Jos Anton Evens, who landed in America in 1843
  • J Evens, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

Evens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Evens (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Evens Historic Events


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Evens Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis Evens, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Evens Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    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. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The Evens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Evens 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 8 December 2016 at 22:39.

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