Type Surname (from nickname)
Pronounced Pron. SEvilif [key]
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Derived by means of suffix "-ev" from Old Slavic verb sheveliti (se) meaning to make noise, to whirr, to rustle, to whistle, to wander. Initially it designated someone bold, daring, hardy, spirited. Similar to SHEVELEV, it should not be erroneously related to SAVELYEV: these to derive from different stems.