The surname Evans is of patronymic origin meaning son of, or descendant of Evan. The personal name "Evan" is derived from the Welsh name "Ifan", a form of "John" meaning "gracious gift of Jehovah." Within the United Kingdom Evans ranks as the 8th most popular name, in the city of Swansea, Wales it is the most common surname. The name Evans is the 48th most popular name in the United States with more than 350,000 bearers.
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