Some say Dillon is an alternative version of Dylan. Others way it's an entirely different name with its own unique meaning and origin. Either way, it's been one of the top baby names for boys in the United States for over 40 years. It's both a given name and a surname, and it pairs well with a variety of middle names.

Meaning of the name Dillon:

Welsh: Sea or son of the sea
Irish: Loyal

Origin of the name Dillon:

The exact origins of Dillon are unknown. Many believe it's simply another way to spell the Welsh name, Dylan, which means “sea” or “son of the sea.” Others believe it's an entirely different Irish name that just happens to sound similar, and it means “loyal.”

Symbolism of the name Dillon:

In Welsh mythology, Dillon — spelled Dylan — was the son of Arianrhod, a sea divinity. When Dylan was baptized in the sea, he took to the water like a fish, earning him the nicknames “son of the sea” and “son of the wave.” For this reason, the name is often associated with the ocean.

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Gender of the name Dillon:

Dillon is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Dillon:


Number of syllables in the name Dillon:


Emotion evoked from the name Dillon:

The name Dillon evokes images of someone who is happy and has many friends.

Alternative spellings for the name Dillon:

Nicknames for the name Dillon:

  • Dill

Popularity of the name Dillon:

Dillon has been a top 1,000 baby name in the United States since 1979, even reaching the top 100 during the early 1990s. As of 2020, it ranks at number 667, according to the Social Security Administration.

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Famous people with the name Dillon:

Dillons in popular culture:

  • Dillon (character in the movie “Killing them Softly”)
  • Dillon Sanders (character on the TV show “Ravenswood”)
  • Dillon (character on the TV show “Power Rangers RPM”)