What does Kyle mean?
Kyle /kyle/ [1 syll.] 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Kyle for boys. Kyle entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #18 in the U.S. in 1990, and is presently at #178. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Kyle and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Kyle (#178 in 2014) are Kylan (#661 in 2014), Kylen (#984) and Kyler (#288). Usage of these boy names reached its peak in 2011 (usage of 0.4958%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.4723%, down 4.7%). Kylan (#661), Kyle (#178) and Kyler (#288) are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Kyle▲ is pronounced similarly to Cale▼, Cayle, Cole▲, Coyle, Kaile, Kale▼, Kayle, Kell and Kelle. Other recommended similar baby names are Kaley, Kayley and Lyle▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kyle.