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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 has 5 variants: Kellee, Kelleigh, Kelley, Kellie and Kellye.

Kelli has 5 more related forms via Kelly: Kelianne, Kelleen, Kellina, Kellyann and Kellyanne.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kelli name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.