"son of the sea"

Dylan Origin and Meaning

The name Dylan is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "son of the sea".

Dylan still feels poetic and romantic after years of popularity. It still ranks highly on the charts, among the top boy names starting with D, so if you choose it, be aware that yours may not be the only Dylan in his class.

dy and llanw, meaning "sea." In Welsh mythology, 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.

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

The name Dylan was given to about 500 baby girls last year, but 6700 baby boys so it doesn't quite qualify as unisex.

Dillon is another popular spelling, though the Dillon spelling is used only about 5 percent of the time.

# 34 in the US

Dylan Rank in US Top 1000

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Dylan Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Dylan Popularity

Famous People Named Dylan

  • Dylan Marlais ThomasWelsh poet and writer.
  • Mark Anthony "Dylan" McDermottAmerican actor.
  • Dylan Davis Haines AxelrodAmerican baseball player.
  • Dylan O'BrienAmerican actor.
  • Dylan Thomas SprouseAmerican actor; ; twin brother Cole Mitchell Sprouse.
  • Dylan BakerAmerican actor.
  • Charles "Dylan" WalshAmerican actor.
  • Dylan SaundersAmerican actor.
  • Dylan Clark MarshallAmerican actor.
  • Dylan Muse SprayberryAmerican actor.
  • Dylan William MoranIrish comedian.
  • Bob DylanAmerican singer,songwriter.
  • Dylan Lee HoweEnglish drummer; son of guitarist Steve Howe of Yes.
  • Dylan Walters (b. 1969)son of actress Jacki Weaver and John Walters.
  • Dylan Bridges (b. 1984)son of actor Beau Bridges.
  • Dylan Thomas Andrews (b. 1990)son of model Stephanie Seymour and Tommy Andrews.
  • Dylan Bauer (b. 1990)son of actor Steven Bauer.
  • Dylan MacDonald (b. 1993)son of comedian Norm MacDonald.
  • Dylan Lee (b. 1997)son of singer Tommy Lee and model/actress Pamela Anderson.
  • Dylan Thomas Brosnan (b. 1997)son of actor Pierce Brosnan.
  • Dylan Vivian (b. 1997)son of actress Jane Horrocks and playwright Nick Vivian.
  • Dylan Thomas Jefferson Swansea Siegel (b. 1998)son of TV movie critic Joel Siegel.
  • Dylan Michael Douglas (b. 2000)son of actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta,Jones.
  • Dylan Joseph Young (b. 2000)son of actress Finola Hughes and Russell Young.
  • Dylan James Osmondson of Jeremy Osmond; grandson of singer Donny Osmond.
  • Dylan Bijkerk (b. 2002)son of Dutch singer Waylon.
  • Dylan Jennings (b. 2002)son of Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings.
  • Dylan Rafferty Brown (b. 2003)son of actor Ryan Brown.
  • Dylan Paul Conner (b. 2006)son of gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.
  • Dylan Matthew Odmark (adopted 2007)son of singer Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay.
  • Dylan Christopher Marshall (b. 2008)son of actress Tracey Gold and Roby Marshall.
  • Dylan William Martin (b. 2009)son of TV presenter Paul Martin.
  • Dylan Waters (b. 2009)son of actress Emily Watson and Jack Waters.
  • Dylan Jay DeMarcus (b. 2012)son of musician Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and beauty queen Allison Alderson.
  • Dylan Rodgers (b. 2014)son of TV anchor Diana Perez and Ducis.
  • Dylan Christopher MinnetteAmerican actor.
  • Dylan MarronAmerican actor and online video creator.

Dylan in Pop Culture

  • Dylan ail DonWelsh mythological figure
  • Dylana character in the Maximum Ride books by James Patterson
  • Dylan McKaycharacter on TV's "Beverly Hills: 90210"
  • Dylan Prescott "Dil" Picklescharacter on animated series "Rugrats"
  • Dylan McAvoycharacter on American soap opera "Young and the Restless"
  • Dylan GriffinBrian's human son on TV's "Family's Guy"
  • "Dylan Dog" Italian horror comic and its main character
  • Dylan Rhodescharacter in the movie "Now You See Me 2"
  • Dylan Maxwelllead character in Netflix's "American Vandal"

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