Evans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Evans 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 Evans family

The surname Evans 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 History of the Evans family

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

Evans Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Evans have included Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Evans 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 Evans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Evans family to Ireland

Some of the Evans 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 Evans migration to the United States +

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Evans:

Evans Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christo Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Laurance Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Lawrence Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Marke Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Clement Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Evans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonathan Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1707 [4]
  • Jos Evans, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [4]
  • Lydia Evans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1711 [4]
  • Philip Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Griffeth Evans, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Evans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John May Evans, who arrived in America in 1801-1802 [4]
  • John D Evans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • John J Evans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • Ferdinand G Evans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [4]
  • Hugh W Evans, who arrived in Maryland in 1811 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Evans migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Evans Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Griffith Evans, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Jwoihfne Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Evans, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Evans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Evans Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Evans, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Moses Evans, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Charlotte Evans, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Alicia Evans, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Henry Evans, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Evans Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • M Evans, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • D Evans, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Evans migration to Australia +

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

Evans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Evans, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Joseph Evans, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Lewis Evans, British convict from Malta, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Evans, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Evans, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Evans 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:

Evans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Evans, who landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1839
  • Francis Evans, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Edward Evans, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • John Evans, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • Thomas Evans, aged 27, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Evans (post 1700) +

  • Allan Evans (1956-2020), American musicologist and record producer, founder of the Arbiter Recording Company in 1996
  • Clay Evans (1925-2019), African American Baptist pastor and founder of the influential Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago
  • Terry Lee Evans (1937-2018), African American R&B, blues, and soul singer, guitarist and songwriter from Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Willie Roy Evans (1937-2017), American football running back for the Buffalo Bills in 1960 and later coached football, and tennis and swimming
  • Terrence Horace Evans (1934-2015), American film and stage actor, known for his roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Medford Stanton Evans (1934-2015), American journalist and author of eight books, including Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies (2007)
  • John Victor Evans Sr. (1925-2014), American politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (1977-1987)
  • Major-General Vernon Evans (1893-1987), American Inspector-General, Eropean Command (1948) [7]
  • Brigadier-General Henry Cotheal Evans (1895-1976), American Commanding Officer 35th Anti-Aircraft Brigade (1946) [8]
  • Major-General Frederick William Evans (1898-1974), American Commanding General of the Second Air Force, Fort Crook, Nebraska (1946-1947) [9]
  • ... (Another 44 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Albert Evans, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. John Evans, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mrs. Emma Evans (1888-1914), née Willett Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mrs. Alfrida Evans (1884-1914), née Johnansdotter American Third Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Ernest Joshua Evans (1883-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary Ann  Evans (1853-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Joseph  Evans (1865-1917), Canadian Captain aboard the Schooner St. Bernard from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Robert S.  Evans (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Thomas  Evans (1878-1917), Welsh Chief Officer aboard the SS Picton from Cardigan, Wales, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mrs. Bella  Evans (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. David M Evans (b. 1911), Welsh Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Glyn Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Evans, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Ronald J Evans, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. James Evans, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Frederick Evans, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Frank S Evans, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Evans, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Reginald Evans, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Trevor Evans (1921-1942), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942 [16]
  • Mr. Charles T Evans, British Air Mechanician "L", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Lewis S G Evans, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Sydney Evans, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
  • A. Evans, British Gunner with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
  • Joseph Ernest Evans (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
  • Bernard Evans (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Evans, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Barnston, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. David Evans, English Leading Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Robert Evans, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Richard Evans (d. 1912), aged 32, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. William Thomas Evans (d. 1912), aged 33, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [19]
  • Mr. Alfred Frank Evans, aged 24, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15 [19]
  • Mr. Frank Oliver Evans, aged 24, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10 [19]
  • Miss Edith Corse Evans (d. 1912), aged 36, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John W. Evans, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Mickey Edward Evans, American Seaman First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Paul Anthony Evans, American Seaman First Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. William Orville Evans, American Seaman Second Class from Idaho, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. David Delton Evans, American Private from Louisiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Evans +

  • 45 American Family History: Fox, Ellicott, Evans by Charles Worthington Evans, Anthony Evans of Colonial Southside Virginia: Lines of Banks, Blackwell, Bugg, Burnett, Davis, Evans, Fox, Ingram, Matthew, Smith, Walker: A Sourcebook for Related Materials by June Banks Evans.

  1. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Vernon Evans. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Evans/Vernon/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Henry Evans. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Evans/Henry_Cotheal/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Frederick Evans. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Evans/Frederick_William/USA.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  20. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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