In the United Kingdom, the 8th most popular surname used today is that of Evans whose origins can be traced to Wales. Furthermore, while the surname of Evans is considered by many to be a patronymic surname which refers to the son of Evan; in reality it is not. During the 3rd century there was a huge evangelistic conversion that took place in which many of the converted took the name Evans to mean the son of John referring to Christ. For this reason, Evans is considered to be an anglicized surname and not a patronymic one.
For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the surname of Evans is that of food or sausage. The reason for this is because of a Mister Bob Evans who created a chain of restaurants around the United States and has been known for a very long time as a maker of fine breakfast sausages. Of course that is not the only famous or well-known Evans that has existed because there has been a famous Evans in many different fields that range from a New York City Ballet dancer known as Albert Evans to a Welsh opera singer known as Edgar Evans.
Of course due to its popularity a number of municipalities around the world can be found to have been named Evans and includes one in Colorado, Georgia, New York, West Virginia as well as Pennsylvania in the United States and there is even an Evans, France and a Cape Evans can be found all the way down south in Antarctica.
If your surname is Evans then it is a good thing that you have made the decision to research your lineage because you may find that there might have been several of your ancestors that have been important, famous o just well-known to those around them. So keep up with your searching and soon you will be able to trace back your family’s history. For the vast majority of you out there, you will find that you might even be able to trace your heritage back all the way to the 3rd century when your great ancestor became an evangelized convert in Wales.Original Authors: Nick
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Updated On: 04/04/2009