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What does Keely mean?

Keely /kee-ly/ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Keely) is pronounced KEE-lee. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Keely is "slender, pretty".

From Caoilinn. Also used as an Irish variant of Kelly. Actress Keeley Shaye Smith.


Keely has 16 variants: Kealey, Kealy, Keeley, Keeli, Keelia, Keelie, Keelie, Keelyn, Keighley, Keighly, Keili, Keilie, Keyley, Keylie, Keylley and Keyllie.

Keely has 8 more relations via Caoilinn, Kelly: Caelyn, Keelan, Keelin, Kellee, Kelley, Kelli, Kellie and Kellye.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Kily, Koly, ..

(male) Keeby, Keelyr, ..

How popular is Keely?

Keely is a very popular first name for women (#1616 out of 4276, Top 38%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#16184 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Keely for girls. Keely was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #455 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #1652 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keely name in U.S.

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

Kelly (#431 in 2014), Keeley (#1500), Caelyn (#1715), Kellie, Kellye, Kelley, Kellee and Kelli are the prominent variation forms of Keely (#1652 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Keelan, are uncommon. These relations of Keely reached the apex of their popularity 44 years ago (adoption of 1.56%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.05%, 97% less), with forms such as Kelley becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keely, Caelyn, Keeley, Kellee, Kelley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelli, Kellie, Kelly, Kellye in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kellie, Kelly outside U.S.

Similar Names


Keely is alike in pronunciation to Chela, Chelo, Kaala, Kaela, Kaelah, Kaeley, Kaeli, Kaelie, Kahla, Kahli, Kaila, Kala, Kalla, Kalley, Kayla, Kayley, Kayli, Keala, Keela, Keila, Keyely, Keyla, Kyla, Kyley and Kyli. Other recommended names are Arely, Cecely, Delly, Emely, Haely, Hedly, Joely, Kaelyn, Karly, Keavy, Keena, Keera, Keeva, Kelby, Kelcy, Kellyn, Kelsy, Kemply, Kenzy, Kerry, Kessy, Kyel, Lesly, Melly, Neely, Nelly, Seely and Verly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Keely.