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What does Kelsey mean?

Kelsey Pronunciation of Kelsey 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, victorious


VARIANTS Kelcey, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kellsey, Kellsie, Kelsa, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelseigh, Kelsi, Kelsie, Kelsy


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CASEY, CHELSEA Caisey, Cassey, Caysey, Celsea, Chelse, Chelsee, Chelsei, Chelsey, Chelsy, Kacey, Kasee, Kasey, Kaycey, Kayse, Kaysee, Kaysey, Kaysy



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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Kelsey was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #23 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #383. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2016)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelsey name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kelsey outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Casey (#857 A YEAR AGO), Cassey, Chelse, Chelsea (#353), Chelsee, Chelsey (#1975), Chelsy, Kacey (#1339), Kasey (#1204), Kelcey, Kelcie, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsi, Kelsie (#1113) and Kelsy are the prominent variation forms of Kelsey (#383). These forms of Kelsey were popular with parents in the year 1992 (MEDIAN #747) and have become significantly less common since (#1601, DOWN 95.1%), with forms such as Casey becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelsey, Casey, Cassey, Chelse, Chelsea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chelsee, Chelsey, Chelsy, Kacey, Kasey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelcey, Kelcie, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelsie, Kelsy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kelsey, Casey, Chelsea, Kasey outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Betsey, Ellsey, Hepsey, Jessey, Kaeley, Kaley, Kalley, Kassey, Kealey, Keeley, Kelbea (see Kelby), Kelbey, Kelby, Kellee, Kellen, Kelley, Kelly, Kerrey, Kessy, Keyley, Keylley, Khloey, Kiley, Kinsey, Kyley, Mersey, Nelley, Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsea, Nelsy, Selbey and Tessey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelsey.

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