Kelly - boys name

Kelly name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 28%

Kelly name meaning:

The name Kelly is derived from the Irish surname Ó Ceallaigh, meaning "descendant of Ceallach." Ceallach is derived from the Gaelic word "ceall," meaning "war" or "strife." This suggests that the name Kelly may be associated with strength, bravery, and power. In addition to its Irish roots, the name Kelly has become popular in English-speaking countries as a given name for girls.

As a name, Kelly carries a sense of femininity and grace. It is often associated with individuals who are confident, assertive, and independent. The name Kelly has been used for both girls and boys, but it gained significant popularity as a girl's name in the mid-20th century. It has since become a timeless and versatile name, fitting for girls of all ages.

Overall, the name Kelly represents a rich Irish heritage while also embodying qualities of strength, femininity, and independence. It is a name that has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice for parents seeking a name with a strong yet elegant appeal for their daughters.

Origin: German

Farm by the spring.


Unisex names

Related names

Kelly , Kaley, Keeley , Keelyn, Keilah, Kelli, Kellie

Other boys names beginning with K


Overall UK ranking: 3451 out of 4789

5 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (1265)

Historical popularity of Kelly

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