The surname Evison is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.
Early Origins of the Evison family
The surname Evison 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.
Early History of the Evison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evison 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 Evison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Evison 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 Evison have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.
Early Notables of the Evison 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... Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Evison family to Ireland
Some of the Evison 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.
Migration of the Evison family to the New World and Oceana
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 Evison: Stephen Evan who settled in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife and two children; Anne, Christopher, Clement, Daniel, Edward, Elizabeth, Francis, Griffin, George, Henry, James, John, Joan, Laurence, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Robert, Simon, Thomas, William Evans, who all settled in Virginia between 1623 and 1640.
Contemporary Notables of the name Evison (post 1700)
- Kathy Evison (b. 1963), American actress, best known for her role as Lonnie Henderson in season 2 and 3 of seaQuest DSV
- Jonathan Evison (b. 1968), American novelist, best known for his novels All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
- F.F. Evison, New Zealand's first professor of geophysics, eponym of the Evison Glacier, Antarctica
- Raymond J. Evison OBE, VMH (b. 1945), English nurseryman, lecturer, author and photographer
- Dame Helen June Patricia "Pat" Evison DBE (1924-2010), New Zealand actress, winner of the Australian Film Institute Award in 1979
- Peter Evison (b. 1964), English darts player, winner of the 1989 Winmau World Masters and the 1996 World Matchplay