Meaning and name origin
Kelsey \k(e)-lsey, kel-sey\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Nelsey.
Kelsey is a very popular first name for females (#555 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2374 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Kelsey for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kelsey and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chelsea (#274), Kelsey (#324), Casey (#792), Kelsie, Kelsi, Kelcie and Kelsea. (2014 statistics).