Boy Names baby name Kyle

What does the name Kyle mean?

The different meanings of the name Kyle are:
  • Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Strait of water, wood; Narrow land
  • English meaning: Strait of water
  • American meaning: Land where cattle graze
  • Irish meaning: Land where cattle graze
  • Scottish meaning: Narrow land
The meaning of the name “Kyle” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Kyle used to be a fairly popular Scottish surname before its use as a given name became more popular. It comes from the Gaelic word meaning “narrows, channel, strait”. Although it saw some brief use as a unisex name, Kyle is mostly considered a masculine name with the feminine popularity never becoming very high. Kyle is the name of a former district of Ayrshire in Scotland.

A more common female variant of the name Kyle is Kyla or Kylie. Originally the Gaelic word Caol became the name Kyle we use today, but this name is not in common use anymore, even in Scotland. Some people use the short form of Ky or Kye as a nickname.

The popularity of the name Kyle as a feminine name never showed much promise, with a peak rating of 606th most popular in the US in 1987 and no other recorded usage around the world. However, as a masculine name is has been consistently popular, being in the top 100 most popular names from 1974 until 2010 in the US, with a peak at 18th most popular in 1990 and a 2014 rating of 178th most popular. In Ireland, it was ranked as the 34th most popular boy’s name and in Scotland it was the 43rd most popular in 2014. The highest recorded ranking for Kyle is 4th most popular boy’s name in Canada in 1989 and 1990.

Celebrities and other famous individuals who have the name Kyle include Kyle Christie, a US reality show star; Kyle Massey, an actor; Kyle Richards (female), a reality star; Kyle Beckerman, a soccer player; Kyle Busch, a race car driver; and Kyle Rudolph, a football player.