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What does Dylan mean?

Dylan /dy-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.

Associated with: sea, hero, modern


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

Related boy name: Taylan.

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

Dylan has 1 feminine form: Dylana.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dellan, Dyslan, ..

(female) Dylani, Dylanna, ..

How popular is Dylan?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Dylan for boys. Dylan was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #19 in the U.S. in 2004, and is currently at #29. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dylan name in U.S.

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

Dillon (#398 last year), Dilan (#834), Dillan (#1268), Dylon, Dyllan and Dyllon are the prominent alternative forms of Dylan (#29 last year). These relations of Dylan were popular as baby names in 1992 (usage of 1.05%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.61%, down 42.5%), with forms like Dillon becoming somewhat outmoded. Dylan is the clear favorite, although Dilan seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dylan, Dilan, Dillan, Dillon, Dyllan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dyllon, Dylon in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Dylan is alike in pronunciation to Daelan, Dalan, Dalen, Dallan, Dallen, Dallin, Dallon, Dalon, Dalwyn, Dalyn, Daylan, Daylen, Daylin, Daylon, Delaine, Delane, Deleon, Delon, Delwin, Delwyn, Deylin and Dolan. Other suggested similar names are Alan, Allan, Arlan, Aslan, Aydan, Ayman, Byran, Calan, Colan, Cyran, Dagan, Daman, Dan, Daran, Dayman, Daytan, Dean, Declan, Delani, Delano, Delany, Delman, Devan, Doan, Doran, Dowan, Dugan, Duran, Dyson, Eilan, Elan, Felan, Galan, Gyan, Haylan, Hyman, Ilan, Jalan, Jaylan, Kalan, Kelan, Kylan, Kyran, Milan, Nolan, Orlan, Ryan, Rylan, Sylvan, Tynan, Waylan, Wylan and Wyman. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dylan.