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550k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Kelly

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

How popular is the 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 140 11 129
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 310 36 274
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 586 97 489
1951 863 165 698
1952 1,103 295 808
1953 1,070 226 844
1954 1,415 456 959
1955 1,792 540 1,252
1956 2,303 831 1,472
1957 3,775 1,909 1,866
1958 6,771 4,471 2,300
1959 8,814 6,379 2,435 #74 girl name
1960 11,619 8,680 2,939 #51 girl name
1961 12,640 9,637 3,003 #45 girl name
1962 14,389 11,531 2,858 #38 girl name
1963 15,282 12,554 2,728 #32 girl name
1964 14,972 12,480 2,492 #35 girl name
1965 15,020 12,760 2,260 #30 girl name
1966 16,030 13,245 2,785 #26 girl name
1967 16,822 13,723 3,099 #23 girl name
1968 20,195 17,137 3,058 #97 boy name
#12 girl name
1969 19,121 16,328 2,793 #15 girl name
1970 17,107 14,609 2,498 #20 girl name
1971 14,863 12,599 2,264 #22 girl name
1972 12,862 10,944 1,918 #23 girl name
1973 12,220 10,516 1,704 #18 girl name
1974 12,606 10,846 1,760 #16 girl name
1975 13,378 11,736 1,642 #16 girl name
1976 13,331 11,791 1,540 #19 girl name
1977 19,719 18,235 1,484 #10 girl name
1978 18,293 16,985 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 13,060 11,878 1,182 #23 girl name
1982 13,439 12,168 1,271 #25 girl name
1983 12,638 11,584 1,054 #26 girl name
1984 12,198 11,214 984 #27 girl name
1985 11,919 11,028 891 #28 girl name
1986 11,285 10,413 872 #29 girl name
1987 10,647 9,861 786 #30 girl name
1988 9,651 8,913 738 #32 girl name
1989 9,572 8,761 811 #37 girl name
1990 8,821 8,135 686 #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 #64 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 3,612 3,417 195 #95 girl name
2000 3,276 3,075 201
2001 2,988 2,814 174
2002 3,035 2,850 185
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 1,047 940 107
2012 996 891 105
2013 950 847 103
2014 838 734 104

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 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 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Kelly" ranks #23 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 325 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1968. Across the entire United States a total of 20,195 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.

Irish

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 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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Alternative Meanings

K is for kindness, you always show.

E is for elegant, born within you.

L is for luster, your shine.

L is for lively, your life is full of energy!

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 "Ylekl". 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.

Past life for Kelly born Mar 30, 1943

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 Western Russia approximately on 1125. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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