Meaning: “good man”
The name is composed of the Greek elements, Greek ευ (eu) meaning “good” and ανηρ (aner, genetive) “man.” It was borne in Roman Mythology by an Arcadian hero who is credited for founding the city of Pallatium and also introducing the alphabet, the Greek religion and laws to the Italian peninsula. It was also borne by a 2nd-3rd-century BCE Greek Philosopher and 1st-Century CE Greek Sculptor.
In Scotland, Evander was adopted as the anglicized form of the Gaelic male name, Iomhair (EE-vor), though an English form (Ivor) already existed and neither Evander or Ivor are really related.
A notable contemporary bearer is American boxer, Evander Holyfield (b.1962).
In the United States, the name only made an appearance in the U.S. Top 1000 one time in 1895, coming in as the 872nd most popular male name.
Short forms include: Evan, Van, and Vandy.
Other forms include:
- Evandre (Catalan)
- Evànder (Catalan)
- Evander (Danish/Dutch/German/English/Hungarian/Norwegian/Portuguese/Swedish)
- Évandre (French)
- Euandros (Original Greek form)
- Evandro (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Euander (Latin)
- Evandrus (Latin)
- Ewander (Polish)
A feminine form is Evandra.