Genuine versus add-a-Lynn Names

We love our daughter’s name (Evelyn) but it bothers me that her name may be lumped in with the modern and common trend of adding [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] or -lyn onto names for girls.

No offense meant to trendy add-a-[name_u]Lynn[/name_u] names but we prefer non-trendy and traditional classic names.

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you think that the genuine lyn ending names stand out from the rest or will she be lumped in with them? Not that we could or would change her name as she is 10 months old, but just looking for reassurance if anyone has any insight on this.

Thanks in advance.

(Hope this is the right forum to post this in and that it doesn’t break any rules about discussing children already born and named. I couldn’t see anywhere on here saying that this was not permitted.)

I’m generally not a big fan of -lyn endings as they look and sound a bit too trendy and made-up for me.
The only -lyn ending that is remotely classic to me might be [name_f]Madelyn[/name_f] but even with that one I prefer the English pronunciation of [name_f]Madeleine[/name_f] (which differs from the [name_m]French[/name_m] Mad-len).
I’m not sure how many “genuine” -lyn endings exist since at one point they have always been a smoosh of a name (beginning) and lyn(n) (which was a English surname name meaning lake and mostly used for boys).

If it helps to know the name, it’s [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u]. Definitely not a name with [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] just added to it. I love her name but just worry that her name seems trendy.

[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] is definitely not one of those “add a -lyn” names unless you pronounce it Eev-lynn, which I doubt.
Another one might be [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f] (though traditionally spelled [name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f]) but there are many names that are just really made-up looking ([name_f]Gracelyn[/name_f], Oaklyn, etc.).

We do pronounce it with the short e sound (eh). I just hope that it stands apart from the many lyn names out there.

I don’t think [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] fits into the category of “add-a-[name_u]Lynn[/name_u]” names that you’re talking about. It’s not made up; it is classic and a little vintage, and to me it stands out and is not the same as [name_f]Addalynn[/name_f] and [name_f]Ashlyn[/name_f]. I think it’s a beautiful name! :slight_smile:

[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] is definitely a gorgeous pretty name, rather than a trendy made up one. Names like [name_f]Adelyn[/name_f], [name_f]Madalyn[/name_f], Cadalyn etc all look fake. [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] just looks like another nice name to me :slight_smile: the only time is looks weird is if its spelt [name_f]Evelynn[/name_f] or [name_f]Evalynn[/name_f].

[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] has been widely used for many decades. It’s hardly a trend. I love -lyn(n) names, so long as they have a history of use. I don’t consider [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f] one either (I know [name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f] is the original), but it’s not about being an “original” name. That’s like saying [name_f]Catalina[/name_f] isn’t legitimate because it’s derived from [name_f]Catherine[/name_f].

[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] falls between traditional, classic names like [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], [name_f]Caroline[/name_f] and vintage names like [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f], and [name_f]Jane[/name_f].

It strikes we as very different than names like [name_f]Madelyn[/name_f], [name_f]Ashlyn[/name_f], [name_f]Katelyn[/name_f], etc.

I think [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] stands out from the trendy -lyn names. It is much more of a classic, and it isn’t a bastardization of a traditional spelling (eg [name_f]Madalyn[/name_f] for [name_f]Madeleine[/name_f]) and it’s not a short name that has had -lyn tacked onto the end of if (eg [name_f]Avalyn[/name_f] or Lakelyn instead of [name_f]Ava[/name_f] or [name_u]Lake[/name_u]).

[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] is a lovely choice!

Thanks so much everyone! This has really been bothering me lately but I feel so much better about our choice now!

I’ve been into names for years so for me, it’s easily recognizable as being a “classic” name–even though it originated as a male name.