Usage of the baby name Kylian more than tripled from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. baby name data:
2020: 211 baby boys named Kylian [rank: 996th]
2019: 227 baby boys named Kylian [rank: 943rd]
2018: 172 baby boys named Kylian
2017: 55 baby boys named Kylian
2016: 27 baby boys named Kylian
2015: 12 baby boys named Kylian
Because of French soccer player Kylian Mbappé (pronounced kee-lee-ahn em-bah-pay).
He began his professional career in 2015, when he was just 16. He has been the French Ligue 1 top scorer for the last three seasons straight, and has twice been named both the French Player of the Year and the Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
But his international play is what caught the attention of expectant parents in the U.S.
At the international level, Mbappé was part of the French squad during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which France ultimately won (defeating Croatia in the final game). Mbappé scored an impressive four goals during the tournament, receiving the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award for his performance.
What are your thoughts on the name Kylian?
P.S. Not surprisingly, usage of the name Kylian in France has also increased over the last few years…
The first baby born in the Chilean city of Copiapó in 2022 was a boy named Griezmann Mbappé in honor of French soccer players Antoine Griezmann (pronounced an-twahngree-ez-man) and Kylian Mbappé (pronounced kee-lee-ahn em-bah-pay).
The baby was born at Copiapó Regional Hospital at around 9 pm on New Year’s Day.
Here’s how his mother, Teodora Pacaje, explained the name to local reporters: “We love football. I chose the first name and his dad gave him the name Mbappé.”
Ironically, the parents of the initial baby named Griezmann Mbappé — born in south-west France in late 2018 — were forced by a judge to rename him in nearly 2019. (They chose “Dany Noé.”)