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Origin and Meaning of the
Name: Dylan

Gender:

Boy

Origin:

Welsh

Usage:

Welsh, English

Meaning:
Dylan is a name of Welsh origin. In Welsh mythology, Dylan is the name of a legendary sea-god. Literally, it means "son of the waves." According to legend, when the sea-god Dylan died, all the waves of Britain and Ireland wept at his passing. Dylan rocketed to popularity in the U.S. as a result of the prominence of singer Bob Dylan. In fact, the name entered the Top 1000 names list in 1966, a pivotal year for the singer. Bob Dylan, whose real name was Robert Zimmerman, adopted his name in honor of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It is primarily a boy's name, but became increasing popular with girls around the turn of the 21st century.

How popular is Dylan?

2010 Rank:     31
2009 Rank:     29
2008 Rank:     31
2007 Rank:     29
2006 Rank:     26

Trend:

Data Source: U.S. Social Security Administration

Dylan is a unisex name

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