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What does Kelly mean?

Kelly \k(el)-ly\ as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' 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.


Variations

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

For more on this name, see also related girl names Callie and Keely.

Kelly has 4 masculine forms: Ceallach, Cillian, Keeley and Killian.


Popularity

Kelly is a very popular first name for females (#67 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#74 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Kelly for girls. Kelly was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest position of #14 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #431 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Callie (#186 last year), Keely, Kelley, Kelli and Kellie are the prominent variation forms of Kelly (#431 last year). Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread in 1990 and has become significantly lower since, with the forms Keely, Kelley, Kelli and Kellie becoming less fashionable. Callie (#186) and Kelly (#431) are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these, with Callie enjoying a rekindling in popularity. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Kelly and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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


Similar Names

Kelly is 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 recommended similar baby names are Delly, Kalle, Kelby, Kelcy, Kellyn, Kelsy, Melly and Nelly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelly.

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