from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A habitational surname.
  • proper n. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name, transferred from the surname

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sound; a strait: often used in the plural: as, the Kyles of Bute.
  • n. A lamp of primitive pattern, designed to be suspended in an open fireplace.


From several places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, derived from Gaelic caol, narrows. (Wiktionary)


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