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15 Alternatives to Kyle

Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

KyleHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "narrow spit of land"
  • Description:

    Kyle is still appreciated by thousands of parents each year for its combination of simplicity, strength, and style; it was in the Top 20 for most of the nineties. As a Scottish surname, it dates back to the fifteenth century.

CaseHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    A brisk and unconventional name that could be a style stand-in for confederates Casey, Chase, Cale, and Cade.

CayoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, from the Roman family name Caius
  • Meaning:

    "rejoice"
  • Description:

    Cayo is a rare and rhythmic Spanish name, all but unknown in the English-speaking world, that would make a lively choice.

ChaseHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "to hunt"
  • Description:

    Chase, with its sleek and ultraprosperous aura, is redolent of the worlds of high finance and international banking. Chase has been well used during the last few decades, seen as a character on 24 and on several young-audience shows.

ClaudeHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "lame; enclosure"
  • Description:

    Claude is a soft-spoken French name that conjures up the pastel colors of Monet and harmonies of Debussy. In France, it is used for girls as well, in fact in the Tracy Chevalier novel Lady and the Unicorn, the protagonist is a female Claude.

ClayHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name; diminutive of Clayton
  • Description:

    Clay is a rich, earthy one-syllable name with a southern-inflected handsome-rogue image, featured on soap operas and reality TV. Its longer forms are Clayton and Clayborne.

CleveHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Cleveland
  • Description:

    Appealing short form of the stuffy Cleveland, occasionally used on its own.

ColeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "swarthy, coal black"
  • Description:

    Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. It's quite popular in Scotland.

ColtHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Meaning:

    "young horse"
  • Description:

    Colt is the kind of unconventionally macho name that is so trendy right now, because of or in spite of its association with horses and guns.

KadeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cade
  • Description:

    Kade is a prime example of the new trend for substituting K's at the beginning of traditionally C-starting names.

KaleHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Whether you think of it as Cale with a K, or a pet form of Kalen or Kaleb, this is just the kind of short, synthetic name finding a lot of favor now, but remember -- it's also the name of a vegetable.

KaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "sea"
  • Description:

    Kai has many origins and meanings. What does the name Kai mean? That depends on which Kai you're referring to.

KylerHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "bowman, archer"
  • Description:

    A favorite among younger parents, this is one of the names that rose to the surface when Tyler and Kyle started to sink.

RyderHeart

  • Origin:

    British surname
  • Meaning:

    "cavalryman, messenger"
  • Description:

    Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys’ names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it for their son in 2004. Very popular in several provinces of Canada, Ryder was chosen by John Leguzamo for his son and adorns Boy Meets World star Ryder Strong.

WylieHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "from Wylye"
  • Description:

    Wylie is a friendly, nonchalant rodeo name with an almost irresistible charm; parents may pick up on its pleasant similarity to the more popular, unisex Riley. Although more masculine, we see Wylie as working as well for boys and girls (Richard Anderson used it for his daughter in 1999). Wylie (or the interchangeable Wiley) can also be an original and authentic way to honor an ancestral William. We don't, however, recommend you spell the name the way Corey Parker did: Wylei. Why lay?