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Origin & Meaning

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".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 431  in baby name popularity for girls with 734 occurrences.  It ranked 1526 in popular baby names for boys with 104 occurrences. 

View the Kelly Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Kelly has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Kelly to other names.


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Related Names

Kelly is a form of the name Ceallach.

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

Kelly has the diminutive (nickname) Kell.

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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.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.