Infobox Given Name Revised
name = Kyle

gender = Usually male, occasionally female
meaning = "Narrows", "channel", "strait", "Fair and Handsome" "
region =
origin = Scottish
related names = Coil
footnotes = {footnotes|

Kyle is a name that was originally a family name (surname) but like other family names became a popular given name (first name) in English speaking countries. As a given name, it is only given to males.


One derivation of the surname is from the Scottish Highlands word "caol", 'channel', or 'strait', but there are other possible derivations.

Most Lowland Scots and Irish Kyles probably trace their name to the ancient Kyle District of Ayrshire, Scotland. In those days a person was often referred to by his residence, for example "John of Kyle."

In the Kyle District itself, the origin of the name is traditionally attributed to Old King Cole (also written "Coil" or "Coel").

Other possible derivations include:
# Harrison’s "Surnames of the United Kingdom" says major variants Keil, Kile and Kyle, originated from the Celtic word "coal", "narrow", and defines "Kyle" as "Dweller at the Narrow or Strait". Even today many Scottish straits retain that name, such as the Kyle of Lochash, Kyle of Sutherland. (But there are actually no narrows or straights in the District of Kyle, Ayrshire.)
# Some variations might stem from European forms: Kyle from Sweden; Kehl, Keil, Keyl, Coil, Kail from German and Dutch families; Kuyle from Flemish families.
# Robert Chalmers of Ayrshire in his "History of Scotland" claimed the word "kyle" means "a woody region".
# Another possible connection is that in Gaelic "cill" means "church" or "churchyard"
# One source claims that "kylle" in old Scotland meant candle (Workmans Manuscript).
# R.A. Kyle of Belfast claims that the names "Kyle", "Kail" and "Kaile" derive from the Anglo-Saxon "cil" meaning "ship"
# In modern Welsh (the language closest to the ancient Brythonic language of Kyle), "coel" means "omen or belief." "Coelio" means "to believe or trust".
# One source claims that the Irish Gaelic equivalent of "Kyle" is "Mac Suile". It claims that this is corroborated by the summary of returns of local registrars, published by Matheson in 1901, which say that in the Ballycastle district (Co. Antrim) "Kyle" and "MacSuile" were used as synonyms by members of the same family.
# "Coyle", a somewhat common surname in Co. Cavan Ireland, derives from the Irish name "Mac Giolla Chomgaill", or "Son of the Devotee of St. Comhghal". Comhghal (pronounced Cowal) was a two-fisted priest of the 7th century who founded Bangor Abbey, at one time the largest monastery in Ireland. (Comhghal also accompanied the better-known St. Columba on his trip to Scotland to convert the Picts and confront the Loch Ness monster.) The same name is sometimes anglicized as "MacIlhoyle" or "MacCool".
# There is a phonetic similarity to the words "kyloe" and "kyley;" one of the small long-horned breed of Highland cattle (Old English cy-leah – cow pasture) – "Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology" – contributed by Roland Symons.
# 'Kyles' was a form of skittles (bowling) and some might have been given the name as a nickname. The game is apparently quite old, as two 14th century manuscripts show a game called club Kayles -- from the French "quilles" or skittles. See Battle of Sherramuir. Source: Sorbie Pages and Skittles History
# The name "Coelestius" or "Caelestius", meaning "heavenly", was a common first name among Christians in the Late Roman Empire. One Coelestius, a Roman-educated Briton was the instigator of the Pelagian heresy at the time of King Cole. PF Turner in "The Real King Arthur" postulates this as King Cole's given name.
# Finally, there was a well known Roman family or "gens" called Coelius (or Caelius). See Old King Cole.

Famous people

:"For people with surname Kyle, see Kyle (surname)".
* Kyle (Australian singer), Australian R&B singer
* Kyle Baker, an American writer and illustrator of comic books
* Kyle Boller, an American football quarterback
* Kyle Broflovski, character in "South Park"
* Kyle Busch, NASCAR racer
* Kyle Calder, an American ice hockey player
* Kyle Chandler, American actor
* Kyle Cooper, a designer of motion picture title sequences
* Kyle Farnsworth, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
* Kyle Gann, an American composer
* Kyle Gass, an American musician
* Kyle Hamilton (rower), a Canadian rower
* Kyle Janek, a Republican member of Texas Senate
* Kyle Johnson (football player), American football player
* Kyle MacDonald, Canadian blogger
* Kyle MacLachlan, an American actor
* Kyle McLaren, a Canadian ice hockey player
* Kyle Massey, an American actor
* Kyle Mills, a New Zealand cricketer
* Kyle Orton, NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears
* Kyle Petty, NASCAR racer
* Kyle Pruett, physician and author
* Kyle Riabko, a Canadian musician
* Kyle Sandilands, Australian radio presenter
* Kyle Turley, an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
* Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player

Fictional characters

* Kyle (Suikoden), a character in the video game "Suikoden"
* Kyle Baldwin, character in "The 4400"
* Kyle Katarn, main character of the "Jedi Knight" series of "Star Wars" games
* Kyle Rayner, the last in a long line of "Green Lantern"s in DC Comics
* Kyle Reese, character from the "Terminator" film series
* Kyle Richmond, or Nighthawk (Supreme Power), a superhero from Marvel Comics' "Supreme Power" series
* Kyle Trager, character in "Kyle XY" TV series
* Kyle Travers, character in "Final Fight" games
* Kyle Broflovski, character in South Park


* "Kyle XY", a TV series
* KYLE, the call sign for the KWKT television station repeater in Bryan, Texas


* Kyle Bay, New South Wales;Canada
* Kyle, Saskatchewan
** Kyle Airport;United Kingdom
* Kyle, Ayrshire, a district of the county of Ayrshire, Scotland
* Kyle of Lochalsh, a town in Scotland
** Kyle of Lochalsh Line, a railway line;United States
* Kyle, Indiana
* Kyle, South Dakota
* Kyle, Texas


* Kyle Field, home of the 12th Man and the Fightin Texas Aggie Football Team
* Baron of Kyle, a minor title held by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales
* Kyle, a name of several tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean

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