What does Kelli mean?
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.
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 list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Kelli are Kelly (#431 in 2014), Kellie and Kelley. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.8598%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.1423%, down 83.5%), with the forms Kelley, Kelli and Kellie becoming less in vogue. Kelly (#431) is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Kelli and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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.