Heart of a Southern Woman

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“E” is for Evie, Eve or Evelyn, our Grandaughter


Evie and Grandaddy Max, try out her new rocking horse made by Max.Easter, 2015

Evelyn Noel Orcutt is my youngest grandchild – the youngest of three, Liam 7, Katy 3, and Evie 15 months, who belong to my daughter Ali-Alexandra Kathryn Holshouser and her husband Gregory Alan Orcutt.   Pictured above with her Grandaddy Max, my husband, who made that beautiful mahogany and oak rocking horse for the children for Easter, 2015.

Evie is just coming into her own as a little person, not just a baby. I love to see her playing games with us like when she is in her high chair and throws her sippy cup onto the floor for the 10th time, and says “Oh-oh! “ so convincingly as if it were an accident!” Someone picks it up, and within a second it is back on the floor, as long as someone is playing! She laughs and giggles..oh my gracious, is there better food for the soul than the sound of a child’s laughter?

Evie has quite a genealogical history behind her name, as do many in our family. Her paternal grandmother, whom she adores, is named Evelyn Kaye Brown, called Kaysie. Grammy Kaysie, to the kids, is full of energy and joyful fun!  Kaysie’s maternal grandmother was also an Evelyn, her name was Hulda Evelyn Haslop Marcelle. Evie’s relationship chart to her looks like this:

Hulda Evelyn Haslop (1895 – 1977)

is your 2nd great grandmother

Constance Marcelle (1920 – 1991)

daughter of Hulda Evelyn Haslop

Evelyn Kaye Brown (1948 – )

daughter of Constance Marcelle

Gregory Alan Orcutt (1971 – )

son of Evelyn Kaye Brown

Evelyn Noel Orcutt

You are the daughter of Gregory Alan Orcutt

On her maternal side, Evie has a Great Aunt Evelyn, also called Evie by the family. Her whole name was Mary Evelyn Langhorne Kearse. She was the oldest of seven children and my mother’s sister. She also has  a third great grandmother named Evaline or Evelyn Langhorne. Their relationship chart looks like this:

Evaline Langhorne (1866 – 1900)

is your 3rd great grandmother

Katherine Steptoe Houchins(1883 – 1943)

daughter of Evaline (going blind when died young)) Langhorne

Margaret Steptoe Kearse (1918 – 1980), sister of Mary Evelyn Langhorne

daughters of Katherine Steptoe Houchins

Helen Spear Youngblood(1949 – )

daughter of Margaret Steptoe Kearse

Alexandra “Ali” Kathryn Holshouser (1974 – )

daughter of Helen Spear Youngblood

Evelyn Noel Orcutt

You are the daughter of Alexandra “Ali” Kathryn Holshouser

Kerse, Evelyn

Mary Evelyn Langhorne Kearse

Isn’t that an interesting legacy, at least 4 Evelyn namesakes , two from her Father’s side of the family and two from her Mother’s side.

Actually, there are more Evelyn’s in our tree I am sure, but perhaps the most important one is her relationship to Eve of Adam and Eve! Truly, I have gathered together, with the help of other researchers, our family line from Eve Orcutt, b. 2013, to Eve born about 4020 BC! I cannot print the ancestral line in this post, because I have it in a notebook, and it takes up about 22 pages. I have not had it checked by a Biblical scholar, but I would truly like to have that done one day.  I put it together as a gift for Evie and for our whole family, and it feels awesome to I look at it. If you have a strong desire to look at this information, leave me a message in a comment and we’ll see what we can do. 

I’d love to hear about your own name legacies in your families, who are you named for, do you know? Is there a story? I’d love to hear about it.



Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

6 thoughts on ““E” is for Evie, Eve or Evelyn, our Grandaughter

  1. I love the name Evelyn. My maiden name was Lauren Gretchen Becker Eaddy. Lauren, because my mom liked it. Gretchen after a family friend of my dad’s family. Becker was for my Granny Becker. Ether Lee Becker. She lived to be 103, and she raised two children as a single parent by selling life insurance door to door after her husband died of encephalitis from a dirty needle during a vaccination. I loved Granny Becker who lived until I was in my 20s , and I still miss her to this day.


  2. Wow! What a legacy–103 and a very strong woman! I hope you got many/all of her genes! Thanks for sharing that , it’s so interesting to me how people choose their names. H.


  3. Absolutely Adorable!!!


  4. Thanks Judi! We think so of course! Thanks for reading. H.


  5. Oh, Wow! My blog post for E on my other blog was…Evelyn Grinstead. I love that name! My aunt Hilda ,who was married to my mother’s brother had a niece named Evelyn and she ended up buying the house next door to my grandparents after she got married. So, I grew up with her children, we played together all the time. She was a wonderful person. I was named after Groucho Marx’s daughter…Melinda. My mother was so sure she was having a boy, she didn’t pick out a girls name. My grandmother named me. Hmmm…that might make a good blog post! OMGosh, I just looked her up, her name is Melinda Marie…I didn’t know that! I love genealogy. Someday I want to research my family. Love your post, your granddaughter is beautiful! If you’d like to see the post about Evelyn, here it is – http://melindamariealexander.com/2015/04/06/evelyn-grinstead/


  6. Thank you so much! You are so encouraging. I had read your blog post, but when writing this, I didn’t think of that Evelyn! I’m dying to know why it was the last 4th of July. I believe my comment is still in moderation, unless I did something wrong, LOL I’ve been working on ancestry for about 3 or 4 years now, not long compared to some, but I have 20,000 in my main tree, almost 4000 in my husband’s stree , and ten others I’ve started for friends and family! LOL I’m totally addicted! When I found the pic in this article about my little Evie, of her 2nd great grandmother, Hulda (Hilda in German) Evelyn, her granddaughter Kaysie almost cried! those kinds of finds make it all worthwhile! Wow, we have a lot in common! thanks for sharing Melinda! Helen


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