Kelly: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kelly

Kelly

Pronunciation: KEH-lee (key)

Origin of the name Kelly:

Anglicized form of the Irish Ceallagh, which is thought to be derived from ceallach (strife). The use of Kelly as a given name is most likely from the trans-ferred use of the surname O' Kelly or Kelly, which is the second most common surname in Ireland. Var: Kelley.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Kelly: | Edit

This name has been fully taken over by the girls. Would not recommend for a little boy's name.

THIS IS MY 18 YEAR OLD SON'S NAME, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN UNIQUE, ADMIRED BY EVERYONE, NEVER MADE FUN OF, AND HE LIKES IT.

Personal experiences with the name Kelly: | Edit

This is my youngest brother's name. He was teased mercilessly all throughout elementary and junior high school for having a "girl's name."

My best friends name. Stay in their Kelly, it does get better.

Nicknames for Kelly: | Edit

Kel, Kel Bel, Kelly Belly, Kellster, Kels

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Kelly Hrudy - NHL goalie
Kelly Gruber - major league baseball player
Kelly Slater - Surfer
Gene Kelly - dancer, actor, singer
Holly Marie Combs (she played Piper on charmed) named her youngest son Kelly (her other sons are Finley and Riley)

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