Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#6981 out of 88799, Top 8%). (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)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Carlyle and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Carlyle appearing in the Top 1000 are Carl (#613 last year) and Karl. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1930-1939 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Carl, Karl and Carlyle becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)