Meaning and Name Origin
Lyle \l(y)-le\ as a boys' name is pronounced LYE-el. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Lyle is "the island". May also derive from Lisle, the name of a city in France. Lyall and Lyell are Scottish surnames.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Loyal.
Lyle has 1 feminine form: Lyla.
Lyle is a very popular first name for males (#328 out of 1220, Top 27%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#2192 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Lyle for boys. Lyle reached its apex rank of #167 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lyle and associated names. The only other popular varying form of Lyle ranked in the Top 1000 is Loyal. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during 1910-1919 and has become much less since, with the versions Lyle and Loyal becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)