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Meaning and name origin

Chelsea \ch(el)-sea\ as a girl's name is pronounced CHELL-see. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Chelsea is "chalk landing place". From "cealc hyo", a place name for a port where chalk shipments were received. 20th-century coinage and place name, in reference to the glamorous district in London and several places in America, the earliest of which, in Maryland, was named in 1739. Possibly linked with British pop culture of the late 1960s and songs like Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning". Also possibly influenced by Kelsey. First Daughter Chelsea Clinton was named after the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning".


Chelsea has 31 variant forms: Celsea, Chel, Chelci, Chelcie, Chelcy, Chele, Chelese, Chelesia, Chelie, Chelisa, Chelise, Chelle, Chelli, Chellie, Chellise, Chellsie, Chels, Chelsa, Chelsae, Chelse, Chelsee, Chelsei, Chelseigh, Chelsey, Chelsi, Chelsia, Chelsie, Chelsy, Chesea, Cheslee and Chessie.

For more information, see also related girl names Chesleigh and Nelsey.


Chelsea is a very popular first name for females (#407 out of 4276, Top 9%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chelsea for girls. Chelsea reached its highest rank of #15 in the U.S. in 1992. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chelsea name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chelsea outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Chelsea and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chelsea (#274), Kelsey (#324), Chelsy, Chelsi, Chelsey and Chelsie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chelsea, Chelsey, Chelsi, Chelsie, Chelsy, Kelsey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chelsea, Chelsey, Chelsie, Kelsey outside U.S.