Dylan Name Meaning & Origin

Dylan

Pronunciation: DI-lin (key)

Origin of the name Dylan:

Borrowed from the Welsh, Dylan is a name of uncertain derivation. Some believe it to be from an Old Celtic element meaning “sea.”

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Dylan: | Edit

I have had a lot of people comment on how they love the name, although my own parents didn't like it. Many people have been receptive to it and love it! It is one of those names for a girl that you either love or hate it!

I LOVE the name for both boys and girls!

Lynda and Dylan are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

My middle child (a boy) is named Dylan. I wanted all my kids (3) to have Welsh names. It is to tough to find Welsh names that are pronounceable and spellable by Americans. I really dislike the name Dylan for girls. The actual meaning of the name is SON of the sea. It makes no sense to name a girl something that means son. If you want to know more about the history of the name read the Mabinogion, which is a collection of ancient Welsh mythology.

Personal experiences with the name Dylan: | Edit

My husband and I named our daughter Dylan because we loved the name and couldn't agree on anything else. He was super traditional and I was more trendy. It fits her and she looks like a Dylan, although we did give her a more feminine middle name, so down the road she hopefully won't get all mail that has Mr. Dylan on it!

My 9 year old is named Dylan. She adores her name! I figured if Ralph Lauren can do it... :)

Nicknames for Dylan: | Edit

Dillie, Dill, Laney, Dill Pickle, Dylana, Lannie, Dy

Meanings and history of the name Dylan: | Edit

Son of the Sea, born from Waves

Famous real-life people named Dylan: | Edit

Dylan Lauren owner of Dylan's Candy Bay in NYC (Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren's Daughter), Dylan Penn ( Actors: Robin Wright Penn & Sean Penn's Daughter), Actress Nicole Eggert's Daughter Dylin

Dylan in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Like Dylan in the Movies", a song by Belle and Sebastian
Dylan Fox - the Medusa Project by Sophie McKenzie
The main character Deryn Sharp goes by "Dylan" when she is pretending to be a boy to join the British Air Service in the book series Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.
a baby girl is named Dylan in the movie Children Of Men

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