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Kelley (girl)

What does Kelley mean?

Kelley Pronunciation of Kelley as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Kelley) means "strife, war". Kelley is an alternate spelling of Kelly (Irish, Gaelic): transferred use of the surname.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ke-, -ley, strife (battle)


VARIANTS Kellye, Kellie, Kelli, Kelleigh, Kellee





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How popular is Kelley?

Kelley is a very popular first name for females (#450 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#184 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Kelley entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #201 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Kelly (#478 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Kellye, Kellie, Kelli and Kellee are the prominent alternative forms of Kelley appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Kellina, are uncommon. These forms of Kelley were favored as birth names in the 1970s (ADOPTION OF 1.6%) and are now much less popular, with forms like Kelly falling out of fashion.

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

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

Similar Names

Kelley is alike in pronunciation to Caley, Cayley, Kaelie, Kahley, Kalae, Kalea, Kaley, Kalli, Kally, Kaylea, Kealey, Keela, Keeley, Keelia, Keelie, Keighley, Keila, Keilah, Keili, Keyley, Keylie, Keylley, Kilea, Kylee and Kylie. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alley, Billey, Delle, Delly, Dolley, Halley, Helle, Hellee, Hellen, Holley, Kahle, Kalle, Karley, Kayle, Kelbea (see Kelby), Kelbey, Kelby, Kelcey, Kelcy, Kellan, Kellsey, Kellyn, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsey, Kelsy, Kempley, Kerrey, Khloe, Khloey, Klea, Kloe, Kyle, Lesley, Lezley, Lilley, Molley, Nelle, Nelley, Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsey, Perley, Polley, Reilley, Salley, Selbey, Talley, Tilley, Valley and Yolley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kelley.

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