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Kyrie is an uplifting name suitable for both boys and girls. With its roots in Greek prayer, this name's pleasing tone has made it successful in both classical and contemporary popular culture. Kyrie Canaan is the main character in the video game Final Fantasy VII, and Kyrie Florian is the protagonist of the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Kyrie:

Greek: Lord
Old Norse: Chooser, selector

Origin of the name Kyrie:

Kyrie originates from the Greek word Kýrie (meaning “Lord”). This word is part of a famous Christian liturgical prayer known as Kýrie eléēson (“Lord, have mercy”). The original pronunciation of Kyrie had three syllables. However, most modern interpretations use two syllables (so that it sounds similar to “Kylie”). Alternatively, Kyrie is also a shortened version of the Old Norse word Valkyrie. In this context, Kyrie derives from the Old Norse verb kjósa (meaning “to choose” or “to select”).

Symbolism of the name Kyrie:

Kyrie is part of an important prayer found in Greek translations of the Book of Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew. The prayer means “Lord, have mercy.” Using the original Greek pronunciation (KEER-ee-ay il-AY-iss-on), the prayer can also transfer directly into musical numbers. For example, the song “Hellfire” in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame ends with the repetition of Kýrie eléēson. Villain Claude Frollo uses the chant to confess his role as the primary antagonist in the story. The symbol for Kyrie is the prayer candle.

Style of the name Kyrie:

Classic

Gender of the name Kyrie:

Kyrie is a name that works for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Kyrie:

KIE-ree

Number of syllables in the name Kyrie:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Kyrie:

The name Kyrie evokes feelings of blessing and benediction.

Alternative spellings for the name Kyrie:

  • Kyree
  • Kirie

Nicknames for the name Kyrie:

  • Ky
  • Kiki
  • RiRi

Popularity of the name Kyrie:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Kyrie was the 223rd most popular name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Kyrie:

Great middle names for Kyrie and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Kyrie:

  • Kyrie Andrew Irving (basketball player)
  • Kyrie Kristmanson (singer)
  • Kyrie Maezumi (actress)
  • Kyrie McCauley (author)
  • Kyrie O'Connor (news editor)
  • Kyrie Adelaide Sergison (British aristocrat)
  • Kyrie Jamal Wilson (football player)

Kyrie in popular culture:

  • Kyrie Canaan (female main character in the video game Final Fantasy VII)
  • Kyrie Florian (female main character in the anime Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha)
  • Kyrie Illunis (male protagonist of the video game Sands of Destruction)
  • Kyrie Ushiromiya (female supporting character in the manga series When Seagulls Cry)