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What does Kyle mean?

Kyle /kyle/ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Kyle) is pronounced kyl. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kyle is "narrow, straight". Place name that refers either to a narrow body of water between two land masses, or to a peninsula or isthmus. Actor Kyle MacLachlan.

Associated with: gaelic, narrow (little), water


Kyle has 8 variants: Kile, Kiley, Kye, Kylan, Kylar, Kylen, Kyler and Kyrell.

Kyle has 2 feminine forms: Kylie and Skyler.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Keale, Kele, ..

(female) Kyleka, Kyne, ..

How popular is Kyle?

Kyle is a very prominent first name for men (#126 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1861 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Shown below is the birth name history of Kyle for boys. Kyle reached its top rank of #18 in the U.S. in 1990, and is presently at #178. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the history of the boy name Kyle and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Kyle (#178 in 2014) are Kile, Kiley, Kye (#1106 in 2014), Kylan (#661), Kylar (#1516), Kylen (#984) and Kyler (#288). Adoption of these relations of Kyle was well-received among parents in 1990 (average #1566) and is now much lower (#1091, down 79%), with the form Kyle becoming less trendy. Kyle is the all-time favorite, though Kyler has become trendy as well over time.

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

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

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

Similar Names


Kyle is pronounced similarly to Caile, Cal, Cale, Cayle, Col, Cole, Coll, Colle, Coyle, Kael, Kail, Kaile, Kale, Kayle, Kell and Kelle. Other recommended names are Able, Bale, Dale, Dayle, Doyle, Erle, Eryle, Gale, Gayle, Hale, Hayle, Jule, Kade, Kaleb, Kalen, Kaley, Kane, Karle, Kayde, Kaye, Kayleb, Kayley, Kayne, Keld, Keye, Keyne, Kobe, Kolt, Kylor, Kyp, Kyrie, Kyrk, Lale, Lyle, Lysle, Nile, Ole, Olle, Royle, Vale, Vyrle, Wole, Yale, Yule, Zale and Zayle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kyle.