Evander is the English form of Evandros, a Greek male name meaning “good man” from Greek elements eu (good) and aner (man). In Roman mythology, Evander was born in Arcadia but later went to Italy, bringing with him the Greek alphabet, laws, and pantheon, and founded the city of Pallantium about sixty years before the Trojan War, and which would later merge with ancient Rome. He was the son of the Roman god Mercury (his Greek counterpart being Hermes) and Carmenta, the Roman goddess of childbirth and prophecy.
Evander has also been used as an anglicized form of Iomhar, a Scottish form of Ivor, the Old Norse form of Ívarr meaning “yew warrior” or “bow warrior” from yr (yew, bow) and arr (warrior).
- Evandros (Ancient Greek)
- Evandrus (Latin)
- Euandros (Greek mythology)
- Evandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Ivor (Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English)
- Íomhar (Irish)
- Ivar (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Ívarr (Ancient Scandinavian)
- Evandra (Ancient Greek, English)