Origin: Greek
Meaning: “good man”
Gender: Masculine

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.



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “yew warrior; bow warrior.”
Eng (EYE-vawr)

The name is derived from the Old Norse male name, Ívarr, which is composed of the elements, yr (yew; bow) and arr (warrior). The name was introduced into England via Scandinavian settlers, becoming popular in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In Wales, Ivor is an affectionate name for the wind that blows from the East through the Dyfi Valley in Wales and into the Dyfi estuary.

As of 2009, Ivor was the 96th most popular male name in Croatia, while its Scandinavian form of Ivar was the 100th most popular male name in Sweden, (2010) and 309th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Ivor (Croatian/English/Welsh)
  • Ívarr (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Íomhar (Irish)
  • Ivar (Scandinavian)
  • Iomhar (Scottish)