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What does Lyell mean?

Lyell Pronunciation of Lyell [lyell] as a boys' name is an Old French and Old Norse name, and the name Lyell means "the island; wolf". Lyell is an alternate spelling of Lisle (Old French): form of Lyle. Lyell is also a variant of Lyall (Old Norse): Scottish surname.

Associated with: norse, wolf.


1 related form via Lisle, Lyall, Lyle: Lysle.

Creative forms:
(male) Lyely, Lytell, ..

(female) Lyela, Lyelei, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lyell Niam (L.N.), ..

How popular is Lyell?

Lyell is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#26104 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Lyell (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000 are Lyle (#1072 in 2015), Lysle and Lisle. These relations of Lyell were at the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.1%) and have become much less popular since. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lisle, Lyle, Lysle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lyell and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lyell is pronounced similarly to Lale, Lowel, Lowell, Loyal and Loyall. Other suggested similar names are Abell, Abyell (see Abiel), Aryell, Axell, Bell, Buell, Byll, Dell, Euell, Ewell, Gaell, Joell, Kell, Kyrell, Ladell, Larell, Lavell, Ledell, Levell, Lonell, Lovell, Lydell, Lyinell, Lyndell, Mykell, Odell, Pell, Rydell, Tynell, Tyrell and Udell. These names tend to be more frequently used than Lyell.

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