What does Kelly mean?
Kelly [kel-ly] as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' name Kelly) is pronounced KEL-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kelly is "strife, war". Transferred use of the surname. Originally an anglicized form of the male name Ceallach, possibly meaning "strife", "bright-headed", or "church, monastery". TV producer David Kelley.
Kelly▼ has 1 variant: Kelley.Creative forms:
(male) Keldy, Kerly, ..
(female) Kellei, Kellia, .. Middle name pairings:
Kelly Merrick (K.M.), ..
How popular is Kelly?
Kelly is a very popular first name for men (#248 out of 1220, Top 20%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#69 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Kelly reached its peak position of #123 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #1582. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant form and related boy names. Cillian (#1407 from recent data), Kelley and Killian (#348) are the popular related forms of Kelly (#1582 from recent data). Usage of these relations of Kelly reached its peak in the 1960s (usage of 0.2%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1%, 59% less), with the version Kelly becoming less trendy. Killian is the most chic name for newborns among these.
Kelly▼ is alike in pronunciation to Caily, Caley, Coley, Colla, Colley, Culley, Cully, Kaley, Kayley, Kealey, Kealy, Keelie, Keely, Kellagh and Kiley. Other recommended names are Billy▼, Denly, Hedly (see Hedley), Hilly, Keary, Kelan, Kelbey, Kelby, Keld, Kell, Kellan▲, Kellby, Kelle, Kellen, Keller, Kellin, Kelsey, Kelsy (see Kelsey), Kelvyn, Kelvys (see Kelvis), Kelwyn, Kenley, Kenly, Kenny▼, Kerby, Kerry▼, Key, Klay, Kolby, Lesly, Lezly, Neely, Penly, Redly (see Redley), Reilly, Rolly, Seely, Shelly, Skelly, Sully, Tully, Wally, Wesly and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelly.See names in meaning and etymology.