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What does Kellen mean?

Kellen Pronunciation of Kellen [kellen] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Kellen) is pronounced KEL-en. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kellen is "slender". An ancient given name. May be related to Kell, or possibly (Old German) "swamp".

Associated with: gaelic, slender (little), swamp (meadow).


Kellen has 9 variants: Kaelan, Keelan, Keilan, Keillan, Kelan, Kelden, Kellan, Kelle and Kellin.

Creative forms:
(male) Kelken, Kenlen, ..

(female) Kelana, Kelon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kellen Miguel (K.M.), ..

How popular is Kellen?

Kellen is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#19455 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kellen entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its highest position of #337 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #506 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Kellan (#398 a year ago), Keelan (#1329), Kellin (#1907), Kelan and Kaelan are the popular alternative forms of Kellen (#506 a year ago). These forms of Kellen were at the height of their popularity in 2012 (average #1362) and are almost as popular today (#1356, 16.9% less usage). Kellen is the longstanding favorite, though Kellan has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kellen, Kaelan, Keelan, Kelan, Kellan, Kellin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kellen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kellen is pronounced similarly to Callan, Collen, Collin, Cullan, Cullen, Cullin, Kaelin, Kalan, Kalen, Kalin, Kealan, Keallan, Keallin, Kealon, Keelin, Kelwin, Kelwinn, Kelwyn, Kilean, Kilian, Killean, Killian, Kylan, Kylen and Quillen. Other recommended names are Allen, Arllen, Belden, Bellden (see Belden), Dallen, Delles, Devlen, Felten, Gillen, Hallen, Heller, Keagen, Kealey, Keegen, Keeley, Keen, Kelbey, Keldon, Kellby, Keller, Kelley, Kelltin, Kellton, Kellven, Kelly, Kelsey, Kelten, Kelton, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvin, Kelvyn, Kenlea, Kenlee, Kenley, Kepler, Keven, Klein, Mallen, Melden, Mellen, Mellin, Mellon, Merlen, Nelsen, Selden, Sellden (see Seldon), Tallen, Vallen and Welden. These names tend to be more frequently used than Kellen.

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