What does Dylan mean?
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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Taylan.
Dylan has 1 feminine form: Dylana.
Dylan is a very prominent first name for men (#546 out of 1220, Top 45%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#93841 out of 150436, Top 62%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Dillon (#398 last year), Dilan (#834), Dylon, Dillan and Dyllan are the prominent alternative forms of Dylan (#29 last year). These boy names were at the height of their popularity in 1992 (usage of 0.4827%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.2898%, down 40%), 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. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Dylan and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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.