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. 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. in the 1970s, and is at #431 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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 the year 1990 (usage of 0.6907%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2305%, 66.6% less), 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)
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.