Kelly name meaning

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in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kelly mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kelly

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Kelly means "Warrior, bright-headed".
  2. 9 submissions from all over the world agree the name Kelly means "Warrior" and is of Irish origin.
  3. According to a user from India, the name Kelly is of American origin and means "Warrior women".
  4. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Kelly means "Warrior Woman" and is of Irish origin.
  5. A user from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Kelly is of Irish origin and means "Warrior Maiden".
  6. 2 submissions from Australia and the United States agree the name Kelly means "Bright-headed" and is of Irish origin.
  7. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Kelly means "strong".
  8. According to a user from Kenya, the name Kelly is of Mexican origin and means "Strong and a fighter".
  9. A submission from Arizona, U.S. says the name Kelly means "I was told that it means 'strong' or 'strength'" and is of English origin.
  10. A user from Netherlands says the name Kelly means "War".
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  1. United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
  2. United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)
  3. United States circus clown (1898-1979)
  1. A surname​, Anglicised from the Irish Ó Ceallaigh.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Kelly was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Notable Persons Named Kelly

Notable Persons Named Kelly

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa is an actress, co-host of live! with kelly and michael, co-founder of milojo, spokesperson for electrolux, rykä, live! with kelly, michael, electrolux, and spokesperson forelectroluxandrykä. She has been prominent since 1986. Kelly was given the name Kelly Maria Ripa on October 2nd, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey, U.S.

Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Kelly was born on February 23rd, 1976 in Glasgow.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is a pop music and rock music musician. She holds the title Dark Side" and Don't Rush". She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Kelly was given the name Kelly Brianne Clarkson on April 24th, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston is a model and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to 1980. Kelly was born on October 13th, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook is a model. Kelly was given the name Kelly Ann Parsons on November 23rd, 1979 in Rochester, Kent, England, UK.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is a music artist (occupation), actor, celebrity, recording artist, actress, and television personality. She holds the title Commander". She was most active from 1997 to present. Kelly was given the name Kelendria Trene Rowland on February 11th, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelly

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelly

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly is a journalist, news anchor, political commentator, and attorney at law. Megyn was given the name Megyn Marie Kelly on November 18th, 1970 in Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly is a hip hop music and rap rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Machine was given the name Richard Colson Baker on April 22nd, 1990 in Houston, Texas, US. Machine is also known as Machine Gun Kelly.

Grace Patricia Kelly

Grace Patricia Kelly was an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 18 to 18. Grace was born as the child of John B. Kelly, Sr., and Margaret Katherine Majer on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She passed away on September 14th, 1982.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is a hip hop music and electronic dance music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2011. Iggy was given the name Amethyst Amelia Kelly on June 7th, 1990 in Sydney.

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly was a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, singer, producer, and choreography. He was most active from 1938 to 1994. Gene was given the name Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23rd, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. He died on February 2nd, 1996.

R. Kelly

R. Kelly is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and basketballer. He holds the title Bump N' Grind". He was most active from 1989 to present. R. was given the name Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8th, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

  • Tori Kelly
  • Minka Kelly
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Ned Kelly
  • Chip Kelly
  • Michael Kelly
  • Jim Kelly
    Football Player
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Scott Kelly
    Test Pilot
  • Lisa Kelly
  • Katherine Kelly
  • Mark Kelly
    Test Pilot
  • Brian Kelly
  • John F. Kelly

Common last names for Kelly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Taylor

Common first names for Kelly

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • William
  • Thomas
  • Robert
  • Joseph
  • Margaret
  • Edward
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Elizabeth
  • Michael
  • Dorothy
  • Anna
  • Catherine
  • Francis
  • Frank
  • Richard

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kelly U.S.
  White 78.09% 64.26%
  African American 16.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kelly

People with the last name Kelly are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Kelly

  • What name lists does Kelly rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kelly? Kelly is the 113th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kelly was the 74th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kelly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 553,719 babies born with the first name Kelly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kelly to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kelly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kelly is Friday, August 16th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Kelly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kelly was in 1977 with a total of 18,235 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelly!
  • Random Kelly Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelly ranks 15th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 50 babies in Delaware have the same name in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Kelly: The name spelled backwards is Yllek. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Llyek. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 267,394 people with the last name Kelly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kelly? Kelly was ranked as the 74th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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