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What does Kelli mean?

Kelli Pronunciation of Kelli [kel-li] as a girls' name. The meaning of the name Kelli is "strife, war". Kelli is a version of Kelly (Irish, Gaelic): transferred use of the surname.

Associated with: strife (battle).


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

2 more related forms via Kelly: Kelleen and Kellina.

Creative forms:
(female) Kerli, Khli, ..

(male) Kelji, Kelke, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kelli Delanie (K.D.), ..

How popular is Kelli?

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)

Kelli was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #138 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Kelli are Kelly (#478 in 2015), Kellye, Kellie, Kelley and Kellee. Usage of these relations of Kelli was common during 1970-1979 (usage of 1.55%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.03%, down 97.9%), with forms like Kelly going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Kelli is pronounced similarly to Calla, Calli, Collie, Colly, Kaelah, Kaelee, Kaelie, Kahla, Kalea, Kalei, Kali, Kalie, Kalla, Kalli, Kally, Kaylie, Kaylla, Kealey, Keelia, Keyla, Keyley, Keylie, Keylley, Kilee and Kylie. Other suggested similar names are Ailli, Alli, Billi, Ceili, Celli, Chelli, Delli, Dilli, Dolli, Elli, Halli, Holli, Jilli, Kalle, Karli, Keelin, Keiki, Kelby, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelda, Kelila, Kellan, Kellbie (see Kelby), Kellda (see Kelda), Kellen, Kellsie, Kellyn, Kelpie, Kelsa, Kelsi, Kelsie, Kelsy, Kelula, Keni, Keri, Kerri, Lesli, Lilli, Melli, Milli, Molli, Nelli, Polli, Salli, Shelli, Tekli, Tilli, Ulli and Valli. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kelli.

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