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Characteristics of Dillon
Etymology & Historical Origin - Dillon
Dillon is an altered spelling of Dylan. Dylan is a Celtic-Welsh name derived from a poetic noun meaning “sea.” In Welsh mythology, Dylan was the son of Arianrhod who became a minor divinity of the sea. As a young boy, Dylan was baptized, whereby he was “plunged into the sea. And immediately when he was in the sea, he took to its nature, and swam as well as the best fish that was therein. And for that reason was he called Dylan, the son of the Wave.” The name most notably has been held by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. In an unrelated etymological origin, Dillon also comes from the transferred use of an English surname, derived from a place name so called Dilwyn in Herefordshire (western England). The Olde English word "diglum" signified a ‘retreat’. It could also be derived from a Germanic personal name "Dillo" meaning ‘the destroyer’ introduced to England by the French Normans in the 11th century. Lastly, the name could originate from the Irish Gaelic "O'Duilleain" meaning ‘descendant of the blind one’.
Popularity of the Name Dillon
While Dylan is considered unisex, Dillon is primarily used for males in America. Dillon briefly appeared on the male naming charts in the late 1880s although it did not reappear again until 1979. Dylan for boys came on the charts in 1966, so it seems clear that this old Welsh name was the inspiration behind the usage of Dillon. While Dylan is the far more popular name, Dillon did manage to carve a spot on the Top 100 list for two years in the early 1990s. Today, the name is on the decline but it remains a familiar choice. If you’re a fan of Welsh culture and an appreciator of the sea, then we say stick with Dylan. Dillon is more of a “Last Names First” example of the trendy usage of surnames as personal names. Both names sound exactly the same, so it really comes down to a spelling preference.
Popularity of the Boy Name Dillon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dillon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dillon
Dillon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dillon.
Popular Songs on Dillon
Dillon - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Dillon.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dillon
Dillon Dillon (Kate Banks) - For as long as he can remember, Dillon wondered, "What kind of parents would name their child Dillon Dillon?- Parents who had forgotten that a name was the first thing you wore against your raw naked skin?- Dillon's parents were smart.- They would not do a thing like that. Not on purpose." He turns 10 on the family's annual summer vacation at the lake and feels bold enough to ask about his name. He discovers that his birth parents, his dad's sister and brother-in-law, died in a plane accident when he was 18 months old. He had been named Dillon McDermott and when he was adopted, his parents gave him their last name: Dillon. As the youngster comes to terms with this new reality, he becomes fascinated by a loon and her mate that nest in one of his sneakers on a nearby island. Soon after their chick hatches, he realizes that both parent birds have been shot and he wonders how the orphan will survive, until a few days later when he sees that another loon has stepped in to raise the chick. Symbolism that could overwhelm the plot is sensitively tempered by Dillon's emotional journey, the development of strong secondary characters, and engaging subplots. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Dillon
Famous People Named Dillon - Dillon Anderson (former National Security Advisor); Dillon Freasier (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Dillon
Famous People Who Named Their Son Dillon - Glen Campbell (musician)
Dillon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Dillon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dillon.
Personality of the Boy Name Dillon
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Dillon