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What does Kye mean?

Kye Pronunciation of Kye [kye] as a name for boys is a Gaelic name, and the meaning of the name Kye is "keeper of the keys; earth; narrow, straight". Kye is a variant form 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.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Kime, ee, ..

(female) Klei, Kyne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kye Osman (K.O.), ..

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)

Kye entered the list in 1991 and reached its highest rank of #978 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Kai (#145 the previous year), Kyle (#175), Kyler (#287), Kylan (#665), Kylen (#979), Kylar (#1567), Kile and Kiley are the popular related forms of Kye (#978 the previous year). Adoption of these relations of Kye was common 3 decades ago (average #1495) and has become significantly reduced since (#977, down 65.5%), 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.

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