What does Kelsey mean?
Kelsey /kel-sey/ 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 forms of Kelsey were popular with parents in the year 1992 (median #380) and have become significantly less common since (#853, down 76.4%), with forms such as Casey, Kasey, Kelsea, Kelsi and Kelsie becoming somewhat dated. Chelsea and Kelsey are two of the more chic names for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Suggested similar baby names are Betsey, Ellsey, Hepsey, Jessey, Kaeley, Kaley, Kalisa, Kalisha, Kalissa, Kalley, Kalyssa, Kassey, Kealey, Keeley, Kelbea, Kelbey, Kelby, Kellee, Kelleigh, Kellen, Kelley, Kelly, Kerrey, Kessy, Keyley, Keylley, Khloey, Kiley, Kinsey, Kyley, Mersey, Nelley, Nellsey, Nelsea, Nelsy, Selbey and Tessey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelsey.