Meaning and Name Origin
Kelli \k(el)-li\ as a girls' name is of Irish and Gaelic derivation, and the meaning of the name Kelli is "strife, war". Kelli is a derivative of Kelly (Irish, Gaelic): transferred use of the surname. A somewhat irregularly used birth name for females.
Kelli is a very prominent first name for females (#366 out of 4276, Top 9%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Kelli for girls. Kelli was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #140 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kelli and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Kelli ranked in the Top 1000 are Kelly (#431 in 2014), Kellie and Kelley. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during 1970-1979 and has become much lower since, with the forms Kellie, Kelli and Kelley becoming less in vogue. Kelly (#431) is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Kelli▼ is pronounced similarly to Calli, Kaeli, Kahli, Kaili, Kalei, Kali▲, Kalla, Kalli, Kallie▲, Kally, Kayli▼, Keala, Kealy, Keela, Keeli, Keelia, Keelie, Keely▼, Keila, Keili, Keilie, Keyla, Keylie, Keyllie and Kyli. Other suggested similar baby names are Celli, Delli, Kalle, Kelsi▼, Melli and Nelli. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kelli.