Evangelinus was born between 1800 and 1808 (he concealed the exact date) in Tsangarada, Thessaly, near Mt. Pelion. Even the original form of his name is uncertain. According to one report he was christened Sophocles, to which he prefixed his grandfather's name, Evangelinus. The commoner explanation gives the latter as his baptismal name; in America he added the patronymic Apostolides (after his father) and finally the surname Sophocles, first bestowed upon him by his paternal uncle Constantius.