What does Chelsea mean?
Chelsea \ch(el)-sea\ as a girls' 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 variants: 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.
Chelsea is a very prominent first name for females (#407 out of 4276, Top 9%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Chelsea for girls. Chelsea was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #15 in the U.S. in 1992, and is at #274 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular varying forms of Chelsea (#274 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Kelsey (#324 last year), Kelsi, Kelsie, Kelsea, Chelsy, Chelsey, Chelsi, Chelsie and Kelcie. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex in 1992 (usage of 0.5882%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1402%, down 76.2%), with versions like Kelsie, Chelsie, Chelsi, Kelsea and Kelsi becoming somewhat outmoded. Chelsea (#274) and Kelsey (#324) are two of the more fashionable baby names here. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Chelsea and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)