Meaning and name origin
Carlyle \c(a)-rly-le, car-lyle\ as a boy's 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6981 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carlyle for boys. Carlyle reached its highest rank of #682 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Carlyle and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carl (#613) and Carlyle. (2014 statistics).