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Gender: Male Meaning of Waylon: "land beside the road" Origin of Waylon: English Waylon's Popularity in 2017: #162

The name Waylon is a boy's name of English origin meaning "land beside the road". Waylon is ranked #162 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your FAVORITE Boys Name".

From the experts:

Country singer Waylon Jennings bestowed a kind of outlaw image on his name. However, for many children of the 1980s and '90s, Waylon will be forever associated with The Simpson's character, Waylon Smithers.

Waylon Jennings' son, also named Waylon, is called Shooter, and Shooter's young son Waylon Albert with actress wife Drea DeMatteo will be addressed as Blackjack. Grandpa Jennings was originally called Wayland, but the name was changed early on by his mother.

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Famous People Named Waylon

Waylon Arnold Jennings, American country music singer
Waylon, stage name of Willem Bijkerk, Dutch singer
(Michael) Waylon Lowe, American mixed martial artist
Waylon Glenn Prather, American NFL player
Waylon Muller, Marshall Islands Olympic wrestler
Waylon Dwayne Francis, Costa Rican footballer
Waylon Reavis, former vocalist for American nu metal band Mushroomhead
Waylon Tripp Parker, son of William True; grandson of American actors Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson
Waylon "Blackjack" Albert Jennings (b. 2011), son of singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings and actress Drea de Matteo
Waylynn Lucas, female American chef and owner of bakery Fonuts

Pop Culture References for the name Waylon

Waylon J. Smithers, Mr. Burns's assistant on TV's "The Simpsons"
Waylon Jones aka Killer Croc, character in Batman comics
Waylon Flood, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Waylon Forge, minor character in the first "Twilight" movie
Waylon Moore, character in 2004 film "Raising Waylon"
Waylon Park, character in the "Outlast" game series

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Leah_ Says:


I like the name Waylon! I'm a Waylon Jennings fan of course! As another user points out, it does sound like "wail on" that could (potentially) be problematic.

Grumpy Autistic Person Says:


The information on origins is flat wrong. Waylon is an American version of an ancient name. It comes from Wayland, which is the Middle English form of Weland. It is the name of the mythical character Weland the Smith. The Germanic version has origins in Old Norse and Gothic, Volund and Volundr respectively. Germanic variants include Wieland, which is a fairly common German name, Welund, and Welond. It probably originates from the Roman god Vulcan, who was also an immortal smith, from stories carried back from Rome to Scandinavia by the Vikings. Works of the highest craftsmanship were described as the work of Weland in the early middle ages. An ancient longbarrow in England called Wayland's Smithy has had a local legend attached since the middle ages that if you leave a metal object to be mended, it will be found whole in the morning. Source: my damned dissertation.

Glow Says:


I love this but it sounds like "wailing" or "wail on"(slang meaning to beat on someone).