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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Declan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Deaglán. St. Declan was one of the first missionaries to bring Christianity to Ireland, preceding St. Patrick. Originally from Wales, he founded the... Read More 

  • Dillon

    Different origin from the Welsh Dylan, but increasingly used as a variant spelling to honor Bob Dylan or Dylan Thomas. Still, the Dylan spelling is found 20 times as often as Dillon.Read More 

  • Dion

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

  • Dixon

    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

    Dylan was derived of the Welsh components dy and llanw, meaning “sea.” In Welsh mythology, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to... Read More 

  • Evan

    Evan was derived from Iefan, a Welsh version of John. John is ultimately a derivative of the Hebrew name Yochanan, comprised of the elements yo, meaning “God” and chanan, “to be... Read More 

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