Meaning: “good news.”
The name is derived from the Greek ευ (good) and αγγελμα (news; message). Evangelos (masculine) and Evangelina (feminine) have always been popular names in Greece. Evangeline seems to be particularly common among French-Canadians and the Acadians of Louisiana since the 16th-century. The name was used for the title character in Henry Longfellow’s 1847 poem Evangeline, which recounts the trials and tribulations of the Acadians after their expulsion from Canada.
A parish in Louisiana was named in the character’s honour.
Currently, Evangeline is 333rd most popular female name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Evangeliya Евангелия (Bulgarian)
- Evangeline/Evangéline (Cajun/Franco-English)
- Evangelina (Croatian/Hungarian/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian/Serbian/Spanish)
- Évangéline (French)
- Evangelia Ευαγγελία (Greek)
- Vangelia Βαγγελιώ (Greek)
- Evangelija Евангелија (Macedonian)
- Vangelija Вангелија (Macedonian)
- Evangelica (Romanian)
Masculine forms include:
- Evangelis Ευαγγέλης (Greek)
- Evangelos Ευάγγελος (Greek)
- Vangelis Βαγγέλης (Greek)
- Evangelo (Italian)