Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. KIEL  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a Scottish surname that was derived from various place names, themselves from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait". As a given name it was rare in the first half of the 20th century. It rose steadily in popularity throughout the English-speaking world, entering the top 50 in most places by the 1990s. It has since declined in all regions.

Related Names

Feminine FormKyla

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Entry updated January 21, 2022