Friday, November 3, 2017
Lyle is a very familiar boys name that is not heard often today, providing a nice alternative to Kyle, which is becoming outdated. It was given to 183 boys in 2015, increasing to 207 and a tank of #981 in 2016. From Norman French l'isle, meaning "the island," it can be grouped with other "island" names like Isla, Avalon and Isola. There's no shortage of Lyle namesakes, both given and surnames. In other uses, there's a children's book by Bernard Water called Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a Lyle gun which shoots out a rescue rope, and Lyle guitars. As a title, there is Lord Lyle, an extinct lordship from Scotland, and the Lyle Baronets which existed in England.