Evan is a Welsh masculine given name derived from “Iefan”, a Welsh form for the name John. In other languages it could be compared to “Ivan”, “Ian”, and “Juan”; the name John itself is derived from the ancient Hebrew name יְהֹוחָנָן Yəhôḥānān, which means “Yahweh is gracious”. Evan can also be the shortened version of the Greek names “Evangelos” (meaning messenger) or “Evander” (meaning good man). The name is also occasionally given to females, as with actress Evan Rachel Wood. It may be encountered as a surname, but Evans is usual.
Other languages also assign meaning to Evan as a word or name. It is related to the Gaelic word “Eóghan” meaning “youth” or “young warrior,” and means “right-handed” in Scots. In Hebrew, the actual non-proper noun, “evan/even/eban/eben”, literally means “rock”. The old English translation of the name “Evan” could also be interpreted as “Heir of the Earth” or “The King”.
Flat and level.
“Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.”
Without great variation.
“Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.”
Equal in proportion, quantity, size, etc.
“The distribution of food must be even.”
Divisible by two.
“Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.”
Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
On equal monetary terms; neither owing nor being owed.
On equal terms of a moral sort; quits.
“You biffed me back at the barn, and I biffed you here—so now we’re even.”
parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure.
Associate; fellow; of the same condition.
To make flat and level.
“We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.”
To be equal.
“Thrice nine evens twenty seven.”
To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance, as accounts; to make quits.
To set right; to complete.
To act up to; to keep pace with.
Exactly, just, fully.
“I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.”
“You are leaving tonight? — Even so.”
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.”
In reality; implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality.
“Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.”
“Did you even make it through the front door?”
“That was before I was even born.”
Emphasizing a comparative.
“I was strong before, but now I am even stronger.”
Signalling a correction of one’s previous utterance; rather, that is.
“My favorite actor is Jack Nicklaus. Jack Nicholson, even.”
An even number.
“So let’s see. There are two evens here and three odds.”
the end of the day; evening
“bring it to my house this even”
flat and smooth
“prepare the site, then lay an even bed of mortar”
in the same plane or line; level
“run a file along the saw to make all of the teeth even with each other”
equal in number, amount, or value
“an even gender balance among staff and students”
“the first half of the match was fairly even”
having little variation in quality; regular
“they travelled at an even and leisurely pace”
(of a person’s temper or disposition) equable; calm
“she was known to have an even temper and to be difficult to rile”
(of a number, such as 2, 6, or 108) divisible by two without a remainder
“any number doubled is even”
“a meter that reads only in even numbers”
bearing a number that is divisible by two without a remainder
“headers can be placed on odd or even pages or both”
make or become even
“she cut the hair again to even up the ends”
“it’s not exactly revenge I want, but I’d like things evened up”
“thereafter prices evened out”
used to emphasize something surprising or extreme
“they have never even heard of the United States”
“they wore fur hats, even in summer”
used in comparisons for emphasis
“he knows even less about it than I do”
used in questions to indicate confusion or exasperation
“what even is bitcoin, anyway?”
“what is this whole thing even about?”