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Kelley (boy)

What does Kelley mean?

Kelley Pronunciation of Kelley [kel-ley] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Kelley). Kelley means "strife, war". Kelley is an alternate spelling of Kelly (Irish, Gaelic): transferred use of the surname.

Associated with: strife (war).

Variations

Creative forms:
(male) Kelkey, Koley, ..

(female) Kelen, Kelker, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kelley Cortez (K.C.), ..

How popular is Kelley?

Kelley is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1082 out of 1220, Top 89%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#184 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kelley reached its highest rank of #664 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Kelly (#1582 in recent rankings) is the only other popular alternative form of Kelley ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Kelley was widespread 6 decades ago (median #393) and has become much reduced since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelley, Kelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kelley is alike in pronunciation to Cailey, Caley, Coley, Colley, Culley, Cully, Kaley, Kayley, Kealey, Kealy, Keeley, Keelie, Keely, Kellagh and Kiley. Other recommended names are Alley, Bellemy, Delles, Denley, Gilley, Halley, Hedley, Heller, Henley, Kaile, Kale, Kayle, Kelbey, Kelby, Kelden, Kell, Kellan, Kellby, Kelle, Kellen, Keller, Kellin, Kellven, Kelsey, Kelsy (see Kelsey), Kelten, Kelven, Kenlea, Kenlee, Kenley, Kenly, Kenney, Kepler, Kerbey (see Kirby), Kerrey, Kile, Klay, Kyle, Lesley, Mellen, Olley, Penley, Redley, Reilley, Sealey, Seeley, Selbey, Shelley, Sulley, Tulley, Webley, Welbey (see Welby), Wellbey (see Welby), Wellby, Wesley and Willey. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kelley.

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