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Kelly Meaning


What does Kelly mean?

The name Kelly is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Kelly is "brave warrior".

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "bright headed".

Kelly is used as both a boys and girls name.

It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ke-lly.

The Given Name Kelly

Kelly is a form of Ceallach. See Ceallach for further details.

Kelly is a name with authenticness.

This great little unisex name has a natural majesty.

A delightful name that will rock parents.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Kelly Bishop, Kelly McGillis, and Kelly Preston.

Kelly Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 618 in baby name popularity for girls with 484 occurrences. It ranked 1,605 in baby name popularity for boys with 102 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 596 in baby name popularity for girls with 502 occurrences. It ranked 1,499 in baby name popularity for boys with 111 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Kelly has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Kelly Name Popularity Page.

Kelly Related Names

Kelly is a form of Ceallach.

Variants of the name Kelly include Kelia, Kelleigh, Kelley, Kelli.

Kelly has the diminutive (nickname) Kell.

Famous Kellys

  • Kelly Bishop ~ Actress
  • Kelly McGillis ~ Actress
  • Kelly Preston ~ Actress
  • Kelly Ripa ~ Actress
  • Kelly Rowan ~ Actress
  • Kelly Rutherford ~ Actress

Kelly Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Kelly.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

Children named Kelly are often remote and orderly but most of all they are read more >>

Kelly Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Kelly in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Kelly.

Just for fun, see the name Kelly in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Kelly in Nautical Flags page.