What does Carlyle mean?
Carlyle \c(a)-rly-le, car-lyle\ as a boys' name is pronounced KAR-lyle. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Carlyle is "fort at Luguvalium". Place name and surname, originally from Carlisle. Also the name of a very old city in northwest England. Use as a given name may have originated as an elaborated form of Carl. Historian Thomas Carlyle.
Carlyle is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#9224 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Carlyle for boys. Carlyle was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #682 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Carl (#613 last year) and Karl are the popular varying forms of Carlyle appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.6877%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.129%, down 81.2%), with the versions Carl, Karl and Carlyle becoming less stylish. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Carlyle and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)