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Kelly

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75k Kelli (American)
52k Kelley (Irish)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 0 5
1881 8 0 8
1882 13 0 13
1883 12 0 12
1884 10 0 10
1885 15 0 15
1886 16 0 16
1887 13 0 13
1888 10 0 10
1889 17 0 17
1890 11 0 11
1891 9 0 9
1892 18 0 18
1893 21 0 21
1894 12 0 12
1895 23 0 23
1896 14 0 14
1897 15 0 15
1898 10 0 10
1899 9 0 9
1900 33 0 33
1901 12 0 12
1902 16 0 16
1903 21 0 21
1904 13 0 13
1905 11 0 11
1906 20 0 20
1907 34 5 29
1908 30 5 25
1909 33 7 26
1910 52 6 46
1911 46 5 41
1912 64 7 57
1913 63 0 63
1914 103 11 92
1915 106 5 101
1916 99 9 90
1917 139 8 131
1918 132 14 118
1919 151 8 143
1920 132 11 121
1921 148 15 133
1922 154 13 141
1923 121 10 111
1924 135 10 125
1925 137 16 121
1926 135 12 123
1927 142 10 132
1928 139 11 128
1929 152 11 141
1930 130 13 117
1931 138 9 129
1932 119 14 105
1933 132 12 120
1934 155 11 144
1935 138 13 125
1936 151 13 138
1937 140 14 126
1938 155 18 137
1939 163 10 153
1940 166 24 142
1941 188 28 160
1942 286 37 249
1943 311 36 275
1944 336 61 275
1945 291 51 240
1946 334 51 283
1947 424 73 351
1948 462 83 379
1949 627 117 510
1950 585 97 488
1951 864 165 699
1952 1,101 295 806
1953 1,072 226 846
1954 1,415 456 959
1955 1,792 540 1,252
1956 2,302 831 1,471
1957 3,777 1,909 1,868
1958 6,770 4,471 2,299
1959 8,815 6,379 2,436 #74 girl name
1960 11,618 8,681 2,937 #50 girl name
1961 12,640 9,637 3,003 #45 girl name
1962 14,389 11,531 2,858 #38 girl name
1963 15,283 12,554 2,729 #32 girl name
1964 14,972 12,480 2,492 #35 girl name
1965 15,020 12,761 2,259 #30 girl name
1966 16,032 13,246 2,786 #26 girl name
1967 16,823 13,723 3,100 #23 girl name
1968 20,196 17,138 3,058 #97 boy name
#12 girl name
1969 19,119 16,327 2,792 #15 girl name
1970 17,109 14,611 2,498 #20 girl name
1971 14,863 12,599 2,264 #22 girl name
1972 12,863 10,945 1,918 #23 girl name
1973 12,221 10,517 1,704 #18 girl name
1974 12,607 10,847 1,760 #16 girl name
1975 13,378 11,736 1,642 #16 girl name
1976 13,332 11,791 1,541 #19 girl name
1977 19,719 18,235 1,484 #10 girl name
1978 18,296 16,988 1,308 #12 girl name
1979 16,506 15,299 1,207 #16 girl name
1980 14,899 13,715 1,184 #19 girl name
1981 13,062 11,880 1,182 #23 girl name
1982 13,439 12,168 1,271 #25 girl name
1983 12,639 11,585 1,054 #26 girl name
1984 12,198 11,214 984 #27 girl name
1985 11,920 11,029 891 #28 girl name
1986 11,285 10,413 872 #29 girl name
1987 10,649 9,863 786 #30 girl name
1988 9,650 8,912 738 #32 girl name
1989 9,573 8,762 811 #37 girl name
1990 8,820 8,134 686 #41 girl name
1991 8,154 7,511 643 #42 girl name
1992 7,544 7,010 534 #47 girl name
1993 6,773 6,298 475 #51 girl name
1994 5,830 5,445 385 #62 girl name
1995 5,755 5,398 357 #65 girl name
1996 5,073 4,734 339 #73 girl name
1997 4,347 4,063 284 #83 girl name
1998 3,941 3,702 239 #89 girl name
1999 3,613 3,418 195 #95 girl name
2000 3,277 3,076 201
2001 2,988 2,814 174
2002 3,036 2,851 185
2003 2,881 2,735 146
2004 2,516 2,356 160
2005 2,078 1,951 127
2006 1,749 1,610 139
2007 1,722 1,568 154
2008 1,511 1,398 113
2009 1,390 1,250 140
2010 1,159 1,058 101
2011 1,049 941 108
2012 996 891 105
2013 950 847 103
2014 839 735 104
2015 771 670 101

Want to know about the popularity of the Kelly baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,235 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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Kelly" ranks #59 in popularity as a baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, 615 babies in California have the same name as you in 1958. Across the entire United States a total of 6,770 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kelly" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kelly as well as things modernly associated with the name Kelly such as celebrities named Kelly.

Origin and Meaning of Kelly

The name "Kelly" is of Irish origin, and it means "Bright-headed". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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 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 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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Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu is an actress, voice artist and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1987 to present. Kelly was born in 1968 as Kelly Ann Hu in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1995 to present. Kelly was born in 1977 as Jessica Kelly Siobhan Reilly in Surrey, England.

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Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1987 to present. Kelly was born in 1968 as Kelly Rutherford Deane in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 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 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 McGillis

Kelly McGillis is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1983 to present. Kelly was born in 1957 as Kelly Ann McGillis in Newport Beach, California, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Kelly

Kelly And Michael
Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Oubre
Kelly Services
Kelly Keegs

Alternative Meanings

K is for kindle, the warmth in others.

E is for elegant, born within you.

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

L is for listen, one of your best traits.

Y is for young, the years never show!

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

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Past life for Kelly born Apr 17, 1935

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Turkey approximately on 1000. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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