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Alternatives to Dylan

Dylan is a literary-yet-relaxed name with the style of Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. But if you want to explore baby boy names that are similar-yet-different, consider these.

  • Bran

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    A little heavy on the fiber content; we prefer Bram. But Bran is also the Celtic god of the underworld, whose symbol is the raven.

    It's probably not a coincidence that George R.R. Martin... Read More 

  • Cian

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    A handsome Irish name for boys, very popular in that country, but in the US this traditional spelling might cause pronunciation problems. Still, whether Cian or Kian, it's simple and... Read More 

  • Damon

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    Damon is a name with a strong, pleasing aura (much like the persona of Matt D.) and extremely positive ancient associations. From the classical myth, Damon and Pythias have become symbols of true... Read More 

  • Darian

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    The most popular spelling in a family of names including Darien and Darion, Darian has nonetheless been on the decline since it peaked in the 1990s. Read More 

  • Declan

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    Declan, the amiable and appealing name of an Irish saint (and the real first name of singer Elvis Costello), is very popular in the Emerald Isle and beginning its certain climb to popularity here,... Read More 

  • Dillon

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    Different origin from the Welsh Dylan, but increasingly used as a variant spelling to honor Bob Dylan or Dylan Thomas. Read More 

  • Dion

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    In ancient Greece, a student of Plato; in modern America, a cool guy. Read More 

  • Dixon

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    A relatively common surname, Dixon would be an inventive way to honor an ancestral Richard or Dick, the X form a lot livelier than the Dickson spelling, just as Dix is a more modern short form... Read More 

  • Dylan

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    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... Read More 

  • Evan

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    Evan -- a Welsh version of John -- has a mellow nice-guy image that has kept it popular, while it has been widely used in Wales since the nineteenth century. And interestingly--and... Read More 

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