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What does Kye mean?

Kye [kye] as a name for boys. Kye's name origin is Gaelic, and the meaning of the name Kye is "keeper of the keys; earth; narrow, straight". Kye is a variant form, with the suffix -ye, of Kai (Welsh, Scandinavian, Greek): variation of Kay. Kye is also a form of Kyle (Gaelic).

Associated with: gaelic, keeper (defender), earth, narrow (little).


Kye has 1 variant: Keh.

Kye has 8 more relations via Kai, Kyle: Kaj, Kile, Kiley, Kylan, Kylar, Kylen, Kyler and Kyrell.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Keaye, Kee, ..

(female) Kyeko, Kyema, ..

How popular is Kye?

Kye is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#35153 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Kye for boys. Kye entered the list in 1991 and reached its highest rank of #1106 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kye name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kye outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the history of Kye and associated names. Kai (#177 the previous year), Kyle (#178), Kyler (#288), Kylan (#661), Kylen (#984), Kylar (#1516), Kile and Kiley are the popular related forms of Kye (#1106 the previous year). Adoption of these relations of Kye was common 2 decades ago (average #1495) and has become significantly reduced since (#990, down 68%), with the version Kyle becoming somewhat dated. Kyle has been the most well-known version, though Kai is now the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kye, Kai, Kile, Kiley, Kylan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kylar, Kyle, Kylen, Kyler in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kai, Kyle outside U.S.

Similar Names


Kye is alike in pronunciation to Caeo, Cai, Caw, Cayo, Coe, Coy, Coye, Kay, Kaye, Key, Keye and Koa. Other recommended names are Kyp, Nye, Rye, Tye and Wye. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kye.