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What does Kyle mean?

Kyle Pronunciation of 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.

2 feminine forms: Kylie and Skyler.

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

(female) Kyne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kyle Royce (K.R.), ..

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)

Kyle reached its top rank of #18 in the U.S. in 1990, and is presently at #175. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Kyle (#175 in 2015) are Kile, Kiley, Kye (#978 in 2015), Kylan (#665), Kylar (#1567), Kylen (#979) and Kyler (#287). Adoption of these relations of Kyle was well-received among parents in 1990 (average #1566) and is now much lower (#1081, down 79%), with the form Kyle becoming less trendy. Kyle is the all-time favorite, though Kye 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.

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