Kylan is an attractive baby name suitable for both boys and girls. Known for its ties to the earliest Celtic legends, this name has a wonderfully modern composition that has made it a favorite boy name of the 21st century. The name also enjoys high relevance in popular culture. Kylan is the name of a character in the Pokémon series, and Kylan is a character in The Dark Crystal series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Kylan:

Gaelic: Slender, narrow channel, strait

Origin of the name Kylan:

Kylan is an elaboration of the name Kyle. This name derives from the Old Gaelic root caol (meaning “narrow,” “slender channel,” or “strait”).

Symbolism of the name Kylan:

Kylan is a modern expansion of the name Kyle. The name derives from the Gaelic element caol (meaning “narrow” or “slender”). Interestingly, most etymologists believe that early Celts retained the Caol spelling as a given name, and this was the name of the monarch in the nursery rhyme “Old King Cole.” The name adopted the Kyle spelling during the 15th century. As primary means of transport and invasion, channels and straits were important domains of the chieftain or king. In Gaelic culture, one symbol of the water channel was the triquetra (trinity knot).

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Gender of the name Kylan:

Kylan is a unisex baby name given to both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Kylan:

The name Kylan evokes feelings of freshness and favor.

Alternative spellings for the name Kylan:

  • Khylan
  • Kilan
  • Kylen
  • Kylenn
  • Kylin
  • Kylyn
  • Kylynn

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Popularity of the name Kylan

According to the Social Security Administration index, Kylan was the 526th most popular baby name for boys in 2020. Kylan was the 5,446th most popular baby name for girls in 2020.

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Great middle names for Kylan and their meanings:

  • Alistair (defender of men)
  • Botham (broad valley)
  • Duffy (swarthy, dark)
  • Eldridge (wise leader, sage ruler)
  • Finlay (fair warrior)
  • Genesis (origin, birth, beginning)
  • Greer (watchful, vigilant, alert)
  • Guthrie (windy place)
  • Max (the greatest)
  • Nestor (traveler, voyager, returner)
  • Oren (pine tree)
  • Roy (king, ruler)
  • Tanner (leather maker)
  • Xoan (God is gracious)

Famous people with the name Kylan:

  • Kylan Tristan Chait (actor)
  • Kylan Conroy (actress)
  • Kylan Darnell (model)
  • Kylan Fox (football player)
  • Kylan Guerra (basketball player)
  • Kylan Pickens (television personality)
  • Kylan Ybarra (actor)

Kylan in popular culture:

  • Kylan (character in the Pokémon series)
  • Kylan (character in The Dark Crystal series)