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Meaning and name origin

Dylan \d(y)-lan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Dylan), is pronounced DIL-an, DUL-an. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Dylan is "son of the sea". Mythology: a legendary Welsh hero. Modern use is probably homage to poet Dylan Thomas. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is Welsh, chose this name for her son with Michael Douglas. Some of the variants are more closely related to the homonym Dillon. Singer Bob Dylan; actor Dylan McDermott.


Dylan has 6 variant forms: Dillan, Dillon, Dyllan, Dyllon, Dylon and Dylonn.

For more information, see also the related boy name Taylan.

There is 1 feminine form of Dylan: Dylana.


Dylan is a very popular first name for males (#546 out of 1220, Top 45%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dylan for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dylan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dylan outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dylan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dylan (#29), Dillon (#398), Dylon, Dillan and Dyllan. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dylan, Dillon, Dylon, Dillan, Dyllan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dylan, Dillon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dylan is also pronounced similarly to Daelan, Dalan, Dalen, Dallan, Dalon, Dalyn, Daylan, Daylen, Daylin, Daylon, Delane, Delon, Deylin, Dilan, Dilon and Dolan. Other suggested similar baby names are Delani, Delano, Delany, Kylan, Rylan and Wylan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dylan.