Gender: Male Meaning of Carlisle: "from the walled city" Origin of Carlisle: English

Carlisle Origin and Meaning

The name Carlisle is a boy's name of English origin meaning "from the walled city".

This stuffy English surname and hotel name took on Twilight cool when attached to vampire Carlisle Cullen. Inspired by the character, it's more popular in this spelling than as Carlyle and more widely used for boys than for girls.

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Haleyyt7 Says:


My dad grew up at Carlisle Lake in Saskatchewan and I've always thought it was a nice sounding name! I thought I was being original when I thought of it as a name for a baby boy, turns out it's huge because of twilight...still I think it's very handsome, and a fun way to honour my dad!

ladimon Says:


I do like this name, but I feel like a lot of people would pronounce it wrong.

Michaela Says:


I honestly had no idea there was a Carlisle in Twilight.

I love it, nevertheless.

headintheclouds Says:


I really like the name Carlisle! It sounds very smart and put-together, reminds me of the jazz age and seems film-noir-esque to me. I can see the name aging well from little boy to grown man too.

Of course the main association with it would be Twilight, but I think it's a great name regardless, and if one likes the name that much they should really go for it! The association would fade eventually. Carlyle would have less of a tie-in to the books/movies, since they used the spelling Carlisle. I think both spellings are equally nice (Carlyle having more of the feeling of being a first name, versus Carlisle still retaining that preppy surname-name vibe), and the nicknames Carl and Lyle/Lisle are adorably charming.