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The name Skyler or Skylar (/ˈsklər/) is an Anglicized spelling of the surname and given names Schuyler and Schuylar.

Schuyler was introduced into America as a surname by 17th century Dutch settlers arriving in New York.[1] By the 19th century, in honor of members of New York's prominent Schuyler family such as Philip Schuyler, the surname had entered use as a given name; for example, Schuyler Colfax (1823–1885), the 17th Vice President of the United States.

The spellings Skyler and Skylar came into fashion as either a masculine or feminine given name in the United States during the 1980s. As of 2016, both names are more common for females, but Skylar is most strongly associated with females (the 42nd most common name for females and the 761 most common for males born in 2016)[2] than Skyler (the 359 most common name for females and the 414 most common for males born in 2016)[3] The spelling Schuyler ceased to rank among the top 1,000 names for boys in the United States after 1994, when it was at 974th place on the charts.[4]

Masculine given name[edit]


  • Skylar Spence, stage name of Ryan DeRobertis, musician and singer

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Skyler Morse, a fictional character from the animated TV series South Park

Feminine given name[edit]


  • Skylar Grey, stage name of Holly Brook Hafermann, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer

Fictional characters[edit]


  • Edward Skyler (born 1973), former Deputy Mayor for Operations for New York City
  • Tristine Skyler, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer
  • Sunny Skylar (1913–2009), American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Skyler | meaning of Skyler | name Skyler (boy)". Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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  4. ^ Behind the Name