meaning and origins
The s on the end means this is a ‘son of’ kind of surname - so son of Evan, which is the Welsh form of John (Ifan), which is a gift of god.
distribution in England and Wales
It’s the 8th most common surname in the United Kingdom and reaches the height of its popularity in Swansea.
Not a lot to say on the Evans branch of the family. Jane is my husband’s great-grandmother via his father and father’s mother. With a name like Jane, a surname like Evans (in Wales) and a father with the name William it is not much surprise that I have not been able to get very far in my researches.
What I do know is that they came from the villages of southern Glamorgan between Bridgend and Cardiff and were humble folk.