What does Carlisle mean?
Carlisle /carl-isle/ [2 sylls.] as a name for boys. Carlisle's root is Old English, and the meaning of Carlisle is "fort at Luguvalium". Carlisle is a variant form, with the suffix -isle, of Carlyle (Old English): place name and surname.
Carlisle has 1 variant: Carlile.more]
How popular is Carlisle?
Carlisle is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#1663 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Carlyle is the only popular varying form of Carlisle (outside Top 1000) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of this boy name was at its apex during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.318%) and is now much lower, with Carlyle becoming less in vogue. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Carlisle and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)