What does Carlisle mean?
Carlisle \c(a)-rlis-le, car-li-sle\ as a name for boys. Carlisle's root is Old English, and the meaning of Carlisle is "fort at Luguvalium". Carlisle is a variant of Carlyle (Old English): place name and surname.
Carlisle has 1 variant: Carlile.
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 (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names 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)