Gender: Male Meaning of Waylon: "land beside the road" Origin of Waylon: English Waylon's Popularity in 2019: #113

Waylon Origin and Meaning

The name Waylon is a boy's name of English origin meaning "land beside the road".

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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Rank in US: #113

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Pop Culture References for the name Waylon

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ParanoidAndroid Says:


Well, since this name has virtually never been used before Waylon Jennings' popularity and has been only increasing since it's return to the Top 1000 in the 90s, the only Waylons that will come to mind are Waylon Jennings and Waylon J. Smithers. The latter of whom being the most popular namesake for Waylon. Nonetheless, the name is alright as it is.

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).