Waylen is a cute little cowboy name with a complicated history. First, it's an alternative spelling to Waylon, a name associated with a country music legend. But the fact of the matter is that the country music legend's mother made the name up after she'd named her son something else entirely. She did a great job because Waylon itself is currently a top 100 baby name for boys in the United States. But rustic cowboy names are hot right now. With all this in mind, we can see Waylen topping the charts soon too.

Meaning of the name Waylen:

English: Land by the road
Norse: Skilled

Origin of the name Waylen:

Waylen is an alternative spelling of Waylon. Waylon is a name thought to be made up by the mother of legendary country music star Waylon Jennings. His name was initially Wayland, but his mother found out there was a college nearby with that name, so she made a few slight changes. Wayland itself is an Old English and Norse name that can mean “land by the road” or “skilled.”

Symbolism of the name Waylen:

Most people who choose the name Waylen will do so because of its rustic cowboy feel or because they want to honor Waylon Jennings or classic country music. Its meaning of “land by the road” isn't too symbolic, though perhaps some new parents may see it as a symbol of the journey through life. Take some time and enjoy the land by the road. The “skilled” meaning could be symbolic of a new parent's hope for their little one.

Style of the name Waylen:

Modern, trendy

Gender of the name Waylen:

Waylen is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Waylen:


Number of syllables in the name Waylen:


Emotion evoked from the name Waylen:

The baby name Waylen evokes images of someone who is unique and independent.

Alternative spellings for the name Waylen:

Nicknames for the name Waylen:

  • Way
  • Wale
  • Len
  • Lenny

Popularity of the name Waylen:

According to the Social Security Administration, Waylen has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

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