Evins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Evins 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 Evins family

The surname Evins 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 Evins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evins research. Another 126 words (9 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 Evins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Evins family (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 England and Wales; George Evans, D.D. (1630?-1702)...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Evins Ranking

In the United States, the name Evins is the 16,172nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Evins family to Ireland

Some of the Evins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Evins migration to the United States +

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 Evins:

Evins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Evins, who arrived in Maryland in 1646 [7]
  • Ann Evins, who settled in Maryland in 1674
  • Ann Evins, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [7]
  • Ja Evins, who arrived in Virginia in 1681
Evins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Evins, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [7]
  • Alice Evins, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [7]
  • Richard Evins, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [7]
  • David Evins, who settled in Maine in 1722
  • Edward Evins, who settled in Maryland in 1727
Evins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luther Evins, aged 42, who landed in West Indies in 1812 [7]
  • Samuel Evins, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [7]

Canada Evins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Evins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Evins, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Evins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Evins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Evins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Evins (post 1700) +

  • John Hamilton Evins (1830-1884), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Joseph Landon Evins (1910-1984), American politician, Democratic U.S. Representative from Tennessee
  • R. B. Evins, American Democratic Party politician, Alabama Democratic State Chair, 1923-25 [9]
  • Joseph Landon Evins (1910-1984), American Democratic Party politician, lawyer [9]
  • John Hamilton Evins (1830-1884), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1862-64; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 4th District, 1877-84 [9]
  • James Edgar Evins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1940, 1944 [9]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Caroline.gif
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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