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Gender: M Meaning of Dylan: "son of the sea" Origin of Dylan: Welsh Dylan's Popularity in 2014: #29

Dylan still feels poetic and romantic after years of popularity. A Welsh name tied to the sea, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to weep when he died. The name came to prominence via the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, whose name Bob Dylan adopted in tribute. It's still within the Top 30, so if you choose it, be aware that yours may not be the only Dylan in his class.

Several celebrities have sons named Dylan, including Welsh-born Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and Nadia Comaneci.

Dillon is another popular spelling.

Famous People Named Dylan

Dylan Marlais Thomas, Welsh poet and writer
Mark Anthony "Dylan" McDermott, American actor
Dylan Thomas Sprouse, American actor
Dylan Baker, American actor
Charles "Dylan" Walsh, American actor
Dylan Saunders, American actor
Dylan O'Brien, American actor
Dylan Clark Marshall, American actor
Dylan Muse Sprayberry, American actor
Dylan Moran, Irish comedian
Dylan Christopher Marshall, son of actress Tracey Gold

Pop Culture References for the name Dylan

Dylan, a bad character in the Maximum Ride books by James Patterson
Dylan McKay, character on TV's "Beverly Hills: 90210"
Dylan Prescott "Dil" Pickles, character on animated series "Rugrats"
Dylan McAvoy, character on American soap opera "Young and the Restless"
"Dylan Dog," Italian horror comic and its main character

Dillon, Dillen, Dillan, Dyllan, Dylon, Dylonn, Dylun, Dylen