Evans ancestry article
YOUR FAMILY NAME (Their Origin and Meaning) EVANS The surname Evans is the £eni- live of Evan, a common Welsh baptismal name, equivalent to John or Johns; it may he derived from the Welsh words "Evan," and "eofn," meaning fearless, and bold, respectively. Variations of this surname include the Welsh names Sevan, Evens, and Iven, while in Scotland we have the form Ewan. The Evans family in America :laim descent from Richard Evans, of Bristol, England, who was one of .he founders of the Colonial Tracing Company; he is said to have )een a son of Edward Evans, of Rhyd-y-Canv, of Montgomery Conny, where he lived during the year 1G52. John Evans, son of Richard Evans above, continued the business of tho Colonial Trading Company, and was later head of the Vrmy Commissariat Department, inder General George Washington; IG married at Newbwyport, Massachusetts, Susan, daughter of Rev. Edmund March, in 1776. From this ineage the Evans family spread md flourished throughout Amerca. The following are a few of the nu- nerous Evans in prominence today: Arthur Thompson, botanist; Charles, educator, lecturer; Edward Stcptoe, manufacturer, banker; Herbert McLean, anatomist, embryologist; Marcellus Hugh, Congressman; Rudolph, sculptor; William, theologian; William Augustus, hygienist; and Ward Vinton, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University. The arms reproduced are ascribed to Lott Evans, who emigrated to Pennsylvania with William Penn. in 16S1. The appropriate motto. "Libertas," is translated: "Liberty."