Dylan - The Meaning, Origin And Other Facts About The Name

14/08/2014 17:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Dylan - the meaning, origin and other facts about the name

The name Dylan is believed to be of Welsh origin. It is made up of the Welsh words 'dy' meaning great and 'llanw' meaning tide or flow.

In Welsh mythology Dylan Eil Ton (Dylan, son of the wave) is the name given to a Celtic hero or god, who was associated with the sea.

Dylan Eil Ton earned his name at his baptism, when he plunged into the sea and took on the characteristics of a sea creature. He is said to have 'swam as well as the best fish that was therein'. When, as an adult, he was accidentally killed by his uncle Govannon, it was said that all the waves of Britain and Ireland wept for him.

Although Dylan was originally a boy's name, it has been given to increasing numbers of baby girls in recent years.

In 2012 it was the 28th most popular name for baby boys in England and Wales - 2,800 baby boys and 17 baby girls were given the name Dylan.

Famous people called Dylan

Dylan Thomas, poet

Dylan Thomas Sprouse, American actor best known for his role in the film Big Daddy Can be shortened to: Dill.

Surnames to avoid pairing Dylan with:

Surnames beginning with an 'N' might cause problems as when said aloud this combination of sounds may result in elision – when two words slurred together end up sounding like one.

Similar names:

Dillon (English), Dyllan, Dylen (Irish), Dyllon (Welsh), Dilan (French)

Feminine variants:

Dylan is a unisex name and can be given to baby girls or baby boys.

Celebrities who called their baby Dylan:

Catherine O'Hara, actor

Joan Cusack, actor

Kerry Katona, singer and reality TV star

Mia Farrow, actor,

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, actors

Pamela Anderson, actor

Pierce Brosnan, actor

Ralph Lauren, fashion designer

Sean Penn, actor


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