A Welsh name. “Dylan ail Don” was a character in Welsh mythology, associated with the sea.
The most famous bearer is Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953).
Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan are responsible for the universal popularity of the name in the last half of the 20th century.
American musician Bob Dylan, who is considered one of the most important figures in the pop culture history, changed his name to Bob Dylan from Robert Allen Zimmerman, influenced by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his work.
They both share worldwide admiration, due to their work’s originality.
Thomas spent his life away from prominent writers cliques and groups, crossing the boundaries between writing genres.
Bob Dylan is definitely a pioneer, after managing to creatively combine folk, country, pop and rock music and he made young people interested in poetry again.
He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He wrote songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Just Like a Woman” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which has an immense influence to music fans and to other musicians.
Dylan came with the idea of a promotional film clip for the song, what was later known throughout the whole world as “music video”.
The cue cards that Bob Dylan holds in the film were written by Allen Ginsberg, Donovan, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself.
Famous bearers of the name are Dylan Baker, Dylan Bruce, Dylan Kwasniewski, Dylan McDermott, Dylan Napa.
Dylan is a popular name in the United States, England and Wales, Canada and Australia.