What does Kelly mean?
Transferred use of the surname. Originally an anglicized form of the ancient Irish Gaelic name Ceallach, possibly meaning "strife", "bright-headed", or "church, monastery". Actresses Kelly McGillis, Kelly Preston, Kelly Ripa.
How popular is Kelly?
Kelly is a very popular first name for females (#67 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#69 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Presented below is the birth name history of Kelly for girls. Kelly was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest position of #14 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #431 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Callie (#186 from recent data), Keely, Kelley, Kelli and Kellie are the prominent variation forms of Kelly (#431 from recent data). Usage of these forms of Kelly was more pronounced in the year 1990 (adoption of 0.69%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.23%, 66.6% less), with forms such as Kelli becoming less fashionable. Callie and Kelly are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these, with Callie enjoying a rekindling in popularity.
Thinking of names?
Kelly▲ is pronounced similarly to Calla, Calley, Calli, Kaeli, Kahley, Kahli, Kaili, Kalah, Kalea, Kalee, Kalley, Kally, Kaly, Kayley▼, Kaylla, Kealey, Keelia, Keelie, Keighly, Keyely, Keylley, Keyllie, Kyla▲, Kylee▲ and Kyli. Other recommended similar baby names are Ally▼, Billy▼, Cilly, Delly, Dolly▼, Elly, Emelly, Gilly, Hally, Hedly, Hilly, Jilly, Joelly, Jully, Kalle, Karly▼, Keavy, Keelyn, Kelbey, Kelby, Kelcey, Kelcy, Kelda, Kelila, Kellan, Kellda, Kellen, Kellyn, Kelsa, Kelsi▼, Kelsy, Kemply, Kessy, Lally, Lesly▼, Lilly▲, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Molly▲, Neely, Nelly, Polly▼, Reilly▼, Sally▼, Seely, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelly.