What does Kelsey mean?
Kelsey \k(e)-lsey, 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Nelsey.
Kelsey is a very popular first name for women (#555 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2374 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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). This girl name was at the peak of its popularity in the year 1992 and has become significantly less popular since, 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)