Dylan Name Gender

Is Dylan a boys name or a girls name? Find out here.

Since 1910, 97.1% of babies named Dylan were boys.

In 2018, 92% of babies named Dylan were boys.

Based on data from The United States Social Security Administration.


Dylan Name Meaning

A name of persistent popularity, Dylan is a Welsh name meaning “born of the great sea.” His nautical ties are further strengthened by his use in Welsh mythology, appearing as a god of the sea. He’s a subtle choice for those looking to show their love of the ocean without being too obvious with names like Sailor or Tide.

The name has been a chart cruiser since his appearance in the 90s show Beverly Hills 90210, hovering in the U.S. Top 100 but never quite exploding in use, managing to avoid feeling trendy or overused. This sweet spot in popularity makes him ideal for many parents seeking a familiar name that isn’t heard constantly at the playground. He has a boy next door appeal that’s hard to replicate, a trait seen in similar names Ryan and Brandon.

Dylan has a lot in common with fellow Welsh name Owen, as he’s adventurous in spirit and teeming with youth. He has a wild side that lends well to a carefree childhood but also a maturity that carries him into adulthood.

Dylan does have some alternative spellings including Dillan and Dillon. He also has a few nicknames in Dill/Dyl and Dilly/Dylly.

Infographic of Dylan name meaning, which is A Welsh name, Dylan means great tide.
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Dylan Name Popularity

How popular is the name Dylan? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Dylan was the 31st most popular boys name, representing 0.6215% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Dylan has been the 86th most popular boys name, representing 0.2466% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 1,522 5 0.0003%
1959 0 0%
1960 1,435 6 0.0003%
1961 1,631 5 0.0003%
1962 0 0%
1963 1,349 7 0.0004%
1964 1,251 11 0.0006%
1965 1,080 17 0.001%
1966 1,002 20 0.0013%
1967 868 33 0.0022%
1968 726 61 0.0041%
1969 515 182 0.0118%
1970 469 256 0.0161%
1971 521 200 0.0133%
1972 462 252 0.0185%
1973 472 231 0.0178%
1974 408 320 0.0246%
1975 369 407 0.0317%
1976 395 341 0.0265%
1977 348 481 0.0357%
1978 348 447 0.0332%
1979 310 594 0.0421%
1980 263 795 0.0544%
1981 280 700 0.0476%
1982 290 674 0.0451%
1983 264 743 0.0504%
1984 228 954 0.0641%
1985 187 1,326 0.0874%
1986 149 1,829 0.1212%
1987 141 1,995 0.1307%
1988 137 2,157 0.1384%
1989 115 2,854 0.1769%
1990 83 4,412 0.2662%
1991 46 9,761 0.5989%
1992 28 15,062 0.9436%
1993 32 12,688 0.8138%
1994 32 12,526 0.8162%
1995 34 12,088 0.8021%
1996 33 12,034 0.8037%
1997 30 12,968 0.8768%
1998 25 14,539 0.9714%
1999 23 15,979 1.067%
2000 24 15,401 1.0082%
2001 21 16,496 1.0948%
2002 23 14,819 0.9889%
2003 19 15,698 1.0319%
2004 19 14,847 0.9741%
2005 24 13,773 0.9008%
2006 26 13,166 0.8408%
2007 29 12,809 0.8118%
2008 31 11,699 0.7569%
2009 30 11,355 0.7597%
2010 31 10,510 0.7293%
2011 33 9,776 0.6862%
2012 31 9,982 0.7005%
2013 28 10,111 0.7102%
2014 29 10,403 0.714%
2015 27 10,274 0.7061%
2016 32 9,689 0.672%
2017 29 9,259 0.6634%
2018 31 8,538 0.6215%

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Names Like Dylan

If you like Dylan, you’ll love these other names like Dylan.


What names are variants of Dylan?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Dylan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Dilan

Like a lion; loyal

Irish

#1,055 (0.0084%)  
Dillan

Like a lion; loyal; son of the sea

Welsh

#1,717 (0.0022%)  
Dillen

Like a lion; loyal

Irish

Dillon

Like a lion; loyal

Irish

#588 (0.0298%)  
Dylen

Uniter

Irish

Dyllan

Son of the sea

Welsh

Dyllon

Like a lion; loyal; son of the sea

Welsh

Dyllun
Dylon

Like a lion; loyal; son of the sea

Welsh

#2,796 (0.0004%)  
Dylonn

Son of the sea

Welsh


What names sound like Dylan?

If you like how Dylan sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Dylan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Dalan

Blind

Irish

Dannon

Form of Danson

American

Danon

From Denmark, Dane

English

Daylan

American

#2,137 (0.001%)  
Delaney

From the alder grove

French

Dell

Small valley

English

Dilwyn

Genuine, Fair

Welsh

Dolan

Dark; bold; black-haired

Irish


What names are similar to Dylan?

Find a name that’s like Dylan, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Carter

Cart user

English

#24 (0.6778%)  
Conner

Dog lover

Irish

#359 (0.0637%)  
Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

#12 (0.8628%)  
Ewan

Born of yew; youth; God is gracious; born of yew; youth

Welsh

#1,490 (0.0033%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
Ian

God is gracious

Scottish

#78 (0.3398%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Owen

Noble born

Welsh

#25 (0.676%)  
Parker

Keeper of the park

English

#96 (0.2888%)  
Sean

God is gracious

Irish

#267 (0.0935%)  

Lists With Dylan

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Dylan.


Siblings of Dylan

Mamas with kids named Dylan also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Devin

From dark-haired ones

Irish

#332 (0.07%)  
Dalton

Valley town

English

#399 (0.0546%)  
Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

#38 (0.5825%)  
Braxton

Brock's town

English

#130 (0.2172%)  
Aspen

Aspen tree

English

#260 (0.0876%)  
Kevin

Handsome

Irish

#125 (0.2267%)  

7 Comments

  1. We picked his name after his 2 uncle’s

  2. I choose it so my fiance can have his dj the name we picked is my fiancees name

  3. I had learned about my second pregnancy pretty far along so I almost knew right away that he was going to be a boy? But even though I knew he was a boy, it took me until looking into his little eyes before he got the name Dylan Justice! Just like my first child, I had the middle name picked out early, well I let his dad choose the middle name. I had looked through so many baby name books and had quite a few written down, but just couldn’t settle on “the one”. I liked Nathan, Zachary, and a couple others. Then I ended up going into preterm labor and was in the hospital without a definite name chosen ? It took a split second of snuggling after his birth when I looked at him and the the name just came out! He was a Dylan and I could feel it. I love my now 9 yr old Dylan Justice so very much ?

  4. Unique ?

  5. Hes 10 and is one of a kind. Loves to sing.

  6. I just liked the name because it sounds good. No particular reason why I chose it but I have read about it’s origin.


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