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Meaning and Name Origin

Dylan \d(y)-lan\ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' 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 variants: Dillan, Dillon, Dyllan, Dyllon, Dylon and Dylonn.

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

Dylan has 3 more alternative forms via Dillon: Dilan, Dillen and Dilon.

Dylan has 1 feminine form: Dylana.


Dylan is a very prominent first name for men (#546 out of 1220, Top 45%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Dylan for boys. Dylan was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #19 in the U.S. in 2004, and is currently at #29. (2014 Birth 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 an analysis of the usage of Dylan and related names. Dillon (#398 last year), Dilan (#834), Dylon, Dillan and Dyllan are the prominent alternative forms of Dylan (#29 last year) appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in 1992 and are now much less popular, with the forms Dillan and Dylon becoming less stylish. Dylan (#29) and Dillon (#398) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Dylan is alike in pronunciation to Daelan, Dalan, Dalen, Dallan, Dalon, Dalyn, Daylan, Daylen, Daylin, Daylon, Delane, Delon, Deylin and Dolan. Other suggested similar baby names are Delani, Delano, Delany, Kylan, Rylan and Wylan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dylan.