Evangeline

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “good news.”
Eng (ee-VAN-je-LEEN)

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)

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/evangeline
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