The Scottish surname Kyle, also found in northern Ireland, is a regional name from a district in Ayrshire called Kyle, named for the British chieftains who ruled it in the 5th century, the Coel Hen. The name was brought to Ireland by 17th Century Scottish settlers. The name is first recorded in 1428 when Margaret Kile is recorded in Glasgow, Scotland. The earliest reference to the name in the New World is in 1789 when Jeremiah Kyle arrived in Newcastle, Delaware from Scotland. Today there are approximately 18,000 bearers of the name Kyle living in the United States.