What does Kelsey mean?
Kelsey /kel-sey/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Kelsey) is pronounced KEL-see. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Kelsey is "victorious ship". Also possibly a place name referring to "island". Popular preference for Kelsey and its variants may be influenced by names like Chelsea and Casey.
Affiliated girl name: Nelsey.more]
How popular is Kelsey?
Kelsey is a very popular first name for women (#555 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2397 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Kelsey for girls. Kelsey was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #23 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #324. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Kelsey and associated names. Casey (#792 a year ago), Chelsea (#274), Chelsey, Chelsy, Kacey, Kasey, Kelcie, Kelsea, Kelsi and Kelsie are the prominent variation forms of Kelsey (#324 a year ago). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity in the year 1992 (usage of 0.6192%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.1464%, down 76.4%), with forms such as Casey, Kasey, Kelsea, Kelsi and Kelsie becoming somewhat dated. Chelsea (#274) and Kelsey (#324) are two of the more chic names for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)