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Kelly Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Kelly?

The less frequently given name Kelly was the 618th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 1000 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #10 in 1977 with 18,235 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Kelly in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1913.

Kelly, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1934-1968, and 1974-1977, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1969-1973, and 1977-2017.

Kelly became more popular as a girls name in 1957.

Where is the name Kelly popularity headed?

Kelly's popularity is at an extremely low point when measured against its most notable year.

Kelly's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Kelly has dropped.

The name Kelly still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Kelly is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Kelly (Girl)Kelly (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 484 618 102 1,605
2017 502 596 111 1,499
2016 603 514 117 1,469
2015 673 480 104 1,557
2014 738 432 105 1,527
2013 848 369 103 1,542
2012 891 357 105 1,525
2011 942 335 108 1,498
2010 1,059 306 101 1,569
2009 1,250 261 140 1,260
2008 1,399 248 113 1,458
2007 1,568 222 154 1,156
2006 1,610 212 139 1,207
2005 1,952 174 127 1,249
2004 2,357 138 160 1,025
2003 2,735 125 146 1,065
2002 2,852 119 185 884
2001 2,814 124 174 902
2000 3,076 111 201 802
1999 3,420 95 195 789
1998 3,703 89 240 698
1997 4,063 83 284 616
1996 4,734 73 339 551
1995 5,398 64 357 536
1994 5,445 62 385 514
1993 6,298 51 475 456
1992 7,012 47 534 417
1991 7,512 42 643 367
1990 8,135 41 686 351
1989 8,764 37 811 299
1988 8,911 32 738 308
1987 9,867 30 786 280
1986 10,414 29 872 255
1985 11,030 28 893 253
1984 11,218 27 984 228
1983 11,585 26 1,054 218
1982 12,171 25 1,271 197
1981 11,876 23 1,182 209
1980 13,717 19 1,184 209
1979 15,297 16 1,207 200
1978 16,982 12 1,308 180
1977 18,235 10 1,484 162
1976 11,794 19 1,541 158
1975 11,734 16 1,642 150
1974 10,848 16 1,759 143
1973 10,517 18 1,704 146
1972 10,943 23 1,918 140
1971 12,596 22 2,265 136
1970 14,610 20 2,496 135
1969 16,328 15 2,791 115
1968 17,139 12 3,059 97
1967 13,721 23 3,100 102
1966 13,243 26 2,785 111
1965 12,761 30 2,259 136
1964 12,475 35 2,492 132
1963 12,552 32 2,728 126
1962 11,528 38 2,857 126
1961 9,637 45 3,006 125
1960 8,679 51 2,935 128
1959 6,379 74 2,435 142
1958 4,471 108 2,298 148
1957 1,905 187 1,869 167
1956 831 309 1,473 189
1955 539 380 1,249 204
1954 455 406 960 224
1953 225 592 845 233
1952 296 490 806 235
1951 164 684 701 252
1950 97 904 488 307
1949 117 805 510 300
1948 83 959 379 346
1947 73 1,042 351 369
1946 51 1,215 283 389
1945 51 1,106 240 386
1944 60 1,011 275 362
1943 36 1,381 275 369
1942 36 1,359 249 385
1941 28 1,486 160 470
1940 24 1,613 142 484
1939 10 2,818 153 467
1938 18 1,908 137 497
1937 14 2,256 126 515
1936 13 2,330 138 482
1935 13 2,370 125 515
1934 11 2,651 144 474
1933 12 2,474 120 516
1932 14 2,306 105 578
1931 9 3,103 129 506
1930 13 2,486 117 557
1929 11 2,836 141 496
1928 11 2,876 128 539
1927 10 3,176 132 534
1926 12 2,802 123 548
1925 16 2,335 121 562
1924 10 3,258 125 570
1923 10 3,243 111 603
1922 13 2,681 141 523
1921 15 2,436 133 541
1920 11 3,002 121 566
1919 8 3,633 144 496
1918 14 2,443 118 554
1917 8 3,519 131 501
1916 9 3,149 90 616
1915 5 4,614 101 566
1914 11 2,191 92 511
1913 < 5 -- 63 547
1912 7 2,506 57 527
1911 5 2,669 41 459
1910 6 2,286 46 386
1909 7 1,870 26 512
1908 5 2,274 25 508
1907 5 2,216 29 433
1906 < 5 -- 20 512
1905 < 5 -- 11 771
1904 < 5 -- 13 666
1903 < 5 -- 21 461
1902 < 5 -- 16 546
1901 < 5 -- 12 622
1900 < 5 -- 33 390
1899 < 5 -- 9 755
1898 < 5 -- 10 722
1897 < 5 -- 15 537
1896 < 5 -- 14 573
1895 < 5 -- 23 406
1894 < 5 -- 12 611
1893 < 5 -- 21 396
1892 < 5 -- 18 470
1891 < 5 -- 9 674
1890 < 5 -- 11 621
1889 < 5 -- 17 451
1888 < 5 -- 10 675
1887 < 5 -- 13 500
1886 < 5 -- 16 462
1885 < 5 -- 15 492
1884 < 5 -- 10 640
1883 < 5 -- 12 543
1882 < 5 -- 13 526
1881 < 5 -- 8 676
1880 < 5 -- 5 995

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.