Evans / Bevan
Beavan, Bevan, Bevans, Bevin, Bevon, Biven, Bivian, Euan, Evan, Evance, Evyn, Ewy, Heaven, Heavens, Iefan, Ifan, Jeavince, Jeavons, Jevons, Ieuan, Ewen
Evans / Bevan Of Wales - 'Ap'(Ab) Son of Evan'
From the Welsh name Ieuan (John), the name originated with the 'u' was changed to a 'v'. In use throughout Wales and worldwide.
Seems to be equally predominant in North and South Wales and thought to be the 5th most popular Welsh surname. With countless misspellings and deritives, possibly from migrant Welsh speaking settlers having their names recorded as they sounded in the Welsh language in the ear of an English Speaker. Many Welsh settlers in the US only spoke Welsh and left to escape the 'persecution' of those who spoke with Welsh toungue in this, their homeland.
As with our other popular Welsh surnames, settlers arrived in the Americas from 1620 and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand) from the 1820's.
The Evans's have been responsible for mining, plantations, construction, railroads, healthcare, religion, banking, politics and nation building in these countries for over 400 years.