Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Lyle

Lyle is the transferred use of an Anglo-Norman surname derived from a place name; in this case, from the Norman French word L'isle meaning, quite literally, "the island." Such a surname would have been given to men who dwelled on an island, for instance. The French borrowed this word from the Latin “insula” (island) which has been theoretically connected to “salo” meaning “(that which is) in the sea” (from salum "the open sea"). Same root where we get our term “to insulate” (make into an island). The modern surname Lyle is a result of the French “le” (the) becoming fused with “isle.” The first recorded evidence of this surname appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “de Insula.” Usage of Lyle as a masculine forename came several centuries later in the 1800s, and the height of its popularity occurred in the early 20th century. 

All About the Baby Name – Lyle

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME LYLE

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME LYLE

It’s unclear what prompted usage of Lyle as a given name (from a surname), but such naming practices were already in full swing by the 19th century (i.e., using last names as first names). Lyle has been around long enough now that it feels more like a first name than a last name. In terms of popularity, Lyle’s best years were the 19-teens through the 1930s.  In fact, he got as high as position #145 on the boy’s naming charts in 1918. As we progressed into mid-century, though, Lyle had already started his quiet decline in popularity. By 1996, Lyle pretty much fell off the American radar when he fell off the Top 1000 list for the first time in over 100 years. Only about 150 baby boys are given the name Lyle annually now as we’ve entered the 21st century (and that’s out of nearly two million baby boys born per year). No longer very common, Lyle is perhaps a better alternative to the more overused Kyle (for parents seeking uniqueness) – Lyle has that same sort of “cool kid” quality to him that we can’t quite put our finger on. Perhaps he’s just an “island” unto himself. 

Quick Facts

ON LYLE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

LIE-əl

SIMPLE MEANING:

The Island

Characteristics

OF LYLE

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Lyle

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LYLE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Lyle

Popular Songs

ON LYLE

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Famous People

NAMED LYLE

Lyle Lovett (musician)
Lyle Mays (jazz musician)
Lyle Alzado (football player)
Lyle Talbot (actor)
Lyle Berman (poker player)
Lyle Overbay (baseball player)
Lyle Blackwood (football player)
Lyle Mouton (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED LYLE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Lyle

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LYLE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lyle