Girl Baby Name

Evangeline

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Quick Facts on Evangeline

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 300
Pronunciation:
ə-VAN-jə-leen
Simple meaning:
Gospel, good-tidings

Characteristics of Evangeline

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Evangeline

Evangeline is a fanciful derivation of the Latin word “evangelium” meaning ‘gospel’ from the Greek “euangelion” (“eu” meaning ‘good’ and “angelma” meaning ‘tidings’). The name was brought to life by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1847 epic poem “Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie”. The poem tells the story of a French girl Evangeline from the prosperous New French colonies around the maritime provinces of eastern Quebec, Canada and modern day Nova Scotia and Maine (an area then known as Acadia). In the mid-18th century the British fought the French and expelled these people from their land. During this Great Upheaval, Evangeline is searching for her lost love Gabriel. She wanders across the rustic scenery of America devoting her entire life to finding the man she loves. At times she comes close to Gabriel without knowing he is near. A heartbreaking twist of fate, for sure. As an old lady, Evangeline settles in Philadelphia to work among the poor alongside the Sisters of Mercy. Eventually Evangeline finds Gabriel on his deathbed in a Philadelphia infirmary, and in the end, he dies in her arms. The poem was based on a true story and was an instant success for Longfellow, making him the highest paid poet of his day. “Evangeline” also served to identify and define the history and enduring spirit of the Acadian people. This lovely, tragic heroine was also the inspiration behind Robbie Robertson’s well-known song “Evangeline” he wrote as a duet performed by The Band and Emmylou Harris.

Popularity of the Name Evangeline

Evangeline has been on the American naming charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends in 1880, although we’re sure it was in existence well-before that, and mainly popularized by Longfellow’s poem in the mid 19th century. One hundred years ago, Evangeline experienced moderate popularity, but as the decades progressed into the 20th century, Evangeline fell from favor. In fact, the name went into complete hibernation for 40 years when it disappeared altogether from usage. The name returned triumphantly in 2006, not coincidentally right when the Canadian actress, Evangeline Lilly, came into the public eye in the role of Kate Austen on the popular TV drama “Lost”. American parents clearly responded to this four-syllable beauty. But we like this name more for its association with the Longfellow heroine and tragic victim of unrequited love in the days of yore. The name is so gorgeous we can’t help but to picture a beautiful woman; to quote from the poem: “Fairest of all the maids was Evangeline.” It’s a name with so much interest: it’s French, it’s poetic, it’s literary, it’s historic and it’s just perfectly pretty. The other great thing: the name is exotic and still underused. It’s originally stylish and strangely unpretentious. It demands not to be shortened, but if you want, Eva and Angie are possible pet forms. In our ‘gospel’ of name choices, this one is tops!
Popularity of the Girl Name Evangeline
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Evangeline

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Evangeline

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Evangeline

    Evangeline (Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie) Evangeline is the heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie” published in 1847. The poem is not only considered Longfellow’s masterpiece, but it is still widely taught in literature classes across America. The poem is historic fiction based on a true story that took place around Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s. The Acadian people were prosperous French settlers dating back to 1604 in modern-day eastern Canada, Nova Scotia and the northeastern states of America. Constantly antagonized by the English and Protestants (Acadia was largely a Catholic settlement), there were six wars in Acadia between 1689 and 1763. Finally defeated by the British after the French and Indian War, the Acadians were forcibly removed after refusing allegiance to the English crown (interesting factoid: the Louisiana ethnic group known as the Cajuns is descended from Acadian exiles). This massive deportation was known as the Great Upheaval, and in the middle of the chaos were two young lovers cruelly separated by fate. Evangeline was the beautiful 17 year old daughter of a wealthy farmer; she was “the pride of the village”, and the “noblest of all the youths was Gabriel, son of the blacksmith!” As they are separated, Evangeline assures her sweetheart “"Gabriel! be of good cheer! for if we love one another, / Nothing, in truth, can harm us, whatever mischances may happen!" How wrong was this poor innocent lass – for she would spend the rest of her life roaming the American landscape searching in vain for her lost love, only to have him die in her arms in the end. “As in the days of her youth, Evangeline rose in his vision. / Tears came into his eyes; and as slowly he lifted his eyelids, / …Vainly he strove to whisper her name, for the accents unuttered / Died on his lips, and their motion revealed what his tongue would have spoken. / Vainly he strove to rise; and Evangeline, kneeling beside him, / Kissed his dying lips, and laid his head on her bosom.” The poem is a romantic and sentimental portrayal of star-crossed lovers set against an interesting historic period of early America.

    Evangeline St. Clare (Uncle Tom's Cabin) Evangeline St. Clare, or Little Eva as she’s known, is the angelic young heroine of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s great abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852. Saved from drowning in the river by the black slave, Uncle Tom, she persuades her father to purchase him, and later, to set him free. Although she is only a child of 5 or 6, she is wise beyond her years and, of course, good beyond any other earthling. Her gentle ways convert even the most hardened souls to the ideals of Christianity, most notably the raffish little slave girl, Topsy (a refreshingly wicked little character). Little Eva was adored by readers, who not only wept copiously at her sentimental death scene, but went even farther in homage by naming their newborn daughters “Eva” by the scores.

  • Popular Songs on Evangeline

    Popular Songs on Evangeline

    Evangeline - a song by Bad Religion

    Evangeline - a song by Chad Brock

    Evangeline - a song by Cocteau Twins

    Evangeline - a song by Robbie Robertson from The Band

    Evangeline - a song by Little Big Town

    Evangeline - a song by Los Lobos

    Evangeline - a song by Mary Gauthier

    Evangeline - a song by Matthew Sweet

    Evangeline - a song by The Icicle Works

    Evangeline - a French song written by Michel Conte

    For Evangeline - a song by The Juliana Theory

    O Evangeline - a song by Emmylou Harris

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Evangeline

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Evangeline

    Evangeline and The Acadians (Robert Tallant) - The tale of the Acadians and their exile from Nova Scotia plays against the backdrop of one of literatureís premier love stories in this prose presentation. Although the tragic expulsion of the Acadian people from what is now Nova Scotia was common knowledge as far back as 1770, many people are not aware of the circumstances that led up to this forced exodus. This is a detailed account of the history, culture, and legacy of the Acadians. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Evangeline for Children (Elizabeth Moore) - Vivid paintings illustrate this story. The notion of a lifetime of unrequited love may seem old-fashioned, but perhaps romance never truly goes out of style. In the shadow of enemy British ships, Evangeline and Gabriel invite all the Acadian villagers to come dance and celebrate young love at the couple’s engagement party. Instead of wedding toasts, the British shout out a proclamation saying, “Because you refused to honor your new ruler, the King of England, His Majesty commands that all of your possessions be taken from you and that you be sent far away to distant lands.” Shouting soldiers rip children from their mothers’ arms, and Gabriel and Evangeline are pushed onto separate ships. Evangeline spends years searching and praying for a safe reunion with her one true love, Gabriel. She follows Indian guides and smoke trails only to find she has again missed Gabriel by a few days. And while her youth and beauty gradually faded, her love for Gabriel never died. Read Evangeline for Children to see how these Acadian souls are finally united as one. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle (David Elliott) - Hold on to the chandeliers! An eccentric couple’s passion for primates leads their dauntless daughter on a wild adventure in this offbeat illustrated novel. Learning to swing from the rafters, eating peanut-butter sandwiches with her feet...Evangeline Mudd has had an unusual childhood. Her primatologist parents have taken their child-rearing cues from the golden-haired ape, whose resourceful and fun-loving lifestyle they deeply admire. But life takes a drastic turn when Evangeline’s parents are called away from their cozy New England bungalow on a research trip to the Ikkinasti Jungle. And when they mysteriously fail to return, it’s up to Evangeline to travel to Ikkinasti and find them herself! In this comical, fast-paced tale, David Elliott ventures deep in the jungle for some close encounters with giant spitting spiders, a crazed developer, a retired headhunter, some persistent primates, and an impressively plucky heroine. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Evangeline Mudd and the Great Mink Escapade (David Elliott) - David Elliott's spirited heroine returns to join the fight for animal rights in this funny, fast-paced novel, whimsically illustrated by Andréa Wesson. It seems like only yesterday that Evangeline Mudd was in the Ikkinasti Jungle, rubbing noses with a headhunter. Now, somehow, swinging from the branches of the old maples near her cozy New England bungalow isn't nearly exciting enough. But when a mysterious letter marked URGENT!!! arrives, Evangeline is reminded of a promise she needs to keep. Going undercover as a newspaper reporter and with the help of Alexy Alexy, the world's highest-jumping dancer, Evangeline must make good on her vow to set free the animals at Mudd's Marvelous Minks. But can they avoid Alexy Alexy's dastardly guardian, Ratsputin? What if Melvin Mudd, her father's second cousin twice removed, recognizes her? And will Melvin's wife, the ditsy India Terpsichore, really go through with that crazy comeback ballet she's staging? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Evangeline's Gift From Santa (Emily Ezell) - Christmas this year was going to be different for Evangeline and her parents; this year her parents are getting divorced and will not be living in the same home. Evangeline decides that when her mommy takes her to see Santa, she will ask him for a special gift. It turns out that Santa helps Evangeline to see that her parents have already given her a special gift that she did not expect; it was the gift of two loving homes. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Evangeline

    Famous People Named Evangeline

    Famous People Named Evangeline - Evangeline Lilly (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Evangeline

    Children of Famous People Named Evangeline

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Evangeline - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Evangeline.

  • Historic Figures

    Evangeline - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Evangeline - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Evangeline.

Personality of the Girl Name Evangeline

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Evangeline

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