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Kelly meaning and name origin

Kelly \k(el)-ly\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Kelly), is pronounced KEL-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kelly is "strife, war". 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.

Kelly has 11 variant forms: Kelianne, Kellee, Kelleen, Kelleigh, Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kellina, Kellyann, Kellyanne and Kellye.

For more information, see also related names Callie and Keely.

Kelly is also pronounced similarly to Cally, Colly, Kaeley, Kaley, Kalla, Kalley, Kalli, Kally, Kaly, Keala, Kealey, Kealy, Keela, Keeley, Keeli, Keila, Keili, Keyely, Keyla, Keyley, Keylley, Kiley and Kyley. Other suggested similar baby names are Delly, Kalle, Kelby, Kelcy, Kellyn, Kelsy, Melly and Nelly.

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Popularity of Kelly

Kelly is a very popular first name for females (#67 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#74 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Kelly name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Kelly with its variant forms and related girl baby names.

Top 1000 ranking of Kelly name in U.S.
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