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Popularity
550k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Kelly

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bright-headed
  • #111 All Time
Girls
Boys
Similar Names
75k Kelli (American)
52k Kelley (Irish)

How popular is the name "Kelly" in the U.S.?



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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
1880505
1881808
188213013
188312012
188410010
188515015
188616016
188713013
188810010
188917017
189011011
1891909
189218018
189321021
189412012
189523023
189614014
189715015
189810010
1899909
190033033
190112012
190216016
190321021
190413013
190511011
190620020
190734529
190830525
190933726
191052646
191146541
191264757
191363063
19141031192
19151065101
191699990
19171398131
191813214118
19191518143
192013211121
192114815133
192215413141
192312110111
192413510125
192513716121
192613512123
192714210132
192814011129
192915211141
193013013117
19311389129
193211914105
193313212120
193415511144
193513813125
193615113138
193714014126
193815518137
193916310153
194016624142
194118828160
194228637249
194331036274
194433661275
194529151240
194633451283
194742473351
194846283379
1949627117510
195058697489
1951863165698
19521,103295808
19531,070226844
19541,415456959
19551,7925401,252
19562,3038311,472
19573,7751,9091,866
19586,7714,4712,300
19598,8146,3792,435#74 girl name
196011,6198,6802,939#51 girl name
196112,6409,6373,003#45 girl name
196214,38911,5312,858#38 girl name
196315,28212,5542,728#32 girl name
196414,97212,4802,492#35 girl name
196515,02012,7602,260#30 girl name
196616,03013,2452,785#26 girl name
196716,82213,7233,099#23 girl name
196820,19517,1373,058#97 boy name
#12 girl name
196919,12116,3282,793#15 girl name
197017,10714,6092,498#20 girl name
197114,86312,5992,264#22 girl name
197212,86210,9441,918#23 girl name
197312,22010,5161,704#18 girl name
197412,60610,8461,760#16 girl name
197513,37811,7361,642#16 girl name
197613,33111,7911,540#19 girl name
197719,71918,2351,484#10 girl name
197818,29316,9851,308#12 girl name
197916,50615,2991,207#16 girl name
198014,89913,7151,184#19 girl name
198113,06011,8781,182#23 girl name
198213,43912,1681,271#25 girl name
198312,63811,5841,054#26 girl name
198412,19811,214984#27 girl name
198511,91911,028891#28 girl name
198611,28510,413872#29 girl name
198710,6479,861786#30 girl name
19889,6518,913738#32 girl name
19899,5728,761811#37 girl name
19908,8218,135686#41 girl name
19918,1547,511643#42 girl name
19927,5447,010534#47 girl name
19936,7736,298475#51 girl name
19945,8305,445385#62 girl name
19955,7555,398357#64 girl name
19965,0734,734339#73 girl name
19974,3474,063284#83 girl name
19983,9413,702239#89 girl name
19993,6123,417195#95 girl name
20003,2763,075201
20012,9882,814174
20023,0352,850185
20032,8812,735146
20042,5162,356160
20052,0781,951127
20061,7491,610139
20071,7221,568154
20081,5111,398113
20091,3901,250140
20101,1591,058101
20111,047940107
2012996891105
2013950847103
2014838734104

Want to know about the populiarty of Kelly? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 550,441 babies born with the name Kelly in the United States. That's more than enough Kellies to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Kelly" was in 1977 with a total of 18,235 babies. (That's a lot of baby Kellies)

According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Kelly" ranks #55 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 451 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1960. Across the entire United States a total of 11,619 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

What does the name "Kelly" mean?

Kelly (Irish): Bright-headed

The name "Kelly" is of Irish origin and it means "Bright-headed". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls. There are 2 other names that are similar to this one.

K is for kid, the child within.

E is for elate, you make others happy.

L is for little, the little things you do.

L is for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Y is for yearn, your innermost desires.

Your name in reverse order is "Yllek". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Llyek". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Where is the name Kelly popular?



The map shows the relative popularity of the name Kelly in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the east? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Kelly

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is a singer and songwriter specializing in pop rock music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Kelly was born in 1982 as Kelly Brianne Clarkson in Fort Worth, Texas U.S.

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Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook is a model and actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1 to present. Kelly was born in 1979 as Kelly Ann Parsons in Rochester, Kent, England, UK.

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is a recording artist, songwriter, actress, and television personality with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1997 to present. Kelly was born in 1981 as Kelendria Trene Rowland in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne is a singer-songwriter, actress, television personality, and fashion designer specializing in pop rock, new wave, power pop, and pop punk music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Kelly was born in 1984 as Kelly Lee Osbourne in London, England.

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Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston is a model and actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1980 to present. Kelly was born in 1962 as Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa is an actress, co-host of ''live! with kelly and michael'', co-founder of milojo, spokesperson for electrolux and ryka with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1986 to present. Kelly was born in 1970 as Kelly Maria Ripa in Stratford, New Jersey, U.S.

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Past life for Kelly born Jun 14, 2005

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Africa approximately on 1825. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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Here's something for you to ponder on...

The Theory Behind The Name Game - Finding a good baby name is one of the dilemmas that plague parents who live in a modern setting. Parents do have the right to be conscious about the name.

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