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.
(female) Keldy, Kellia, ..
(male) Keldy, Kelji, ..
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 1940-1949 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 (#1652), Kellee, Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kellyann and Kellye are the prominent variation forms of Kelly (#431 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Kelly was more pronounced in the 1970s (adoption of 1.6%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.2%, 89.7% less), with forms such as Kelley becoming less fashionable. Callie is the most contemporarily stylish girl name among these.
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 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 (see Kelda), 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.