Kelley

First Name
52k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
141k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kelley

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

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  1. A surname​, a less common spelling of Kelly.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Kelley

Kelley Jakle is an actor, singer-songwriter, and actress. She has been prominent since 2003. Kelley was given the name Kelley Alice Jakle on June 27th, 1989 in Carmichael, California.

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Kelley Deal is an alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. She plays Bass guitar, Guitar, Violin, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Kelley was born Kelley Deal on June 10th, 1961.

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Kelley O'Hara is a soccer player for the Sky Blue FC, Starr's Mill High School, Pali Blues, FC Gold Pride, Boston Breakers, United States women's national under-17 soccer team, and United States women's national under-20 soccer team. Kelley was born on August 4th, 1988 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

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Kelley Armstrong is a fantasy, horror fiction, crime fiction, and romance novel writer. Her ongoing career started in 1999. Kelley was given the name Kelley L. Armstrong on December 14th, 1968 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

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Kelley was born on September 3rd, 1963 in Russellville, Kentucky.

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Kelley Earnhardt Miller is a race team co-owner and manager. She holds the title Vice President. Kelley was given the name Kelley King Earnhardt by her parent Dale Earnhardt on August 28th, 1972 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S. Kelley is also known as Earnhardt-Elledge, Kelley (former), Earnhardt, and Kelley (Birth).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelley

Nathalie Kelley is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Nathalie was born on October 5th, 1985 in Lima.

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DeForest Kelley was an actor. His career lasted from 1947 to 1998. DeForest was given the name Jackson DeForest Kelley on January 20th, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia, U.S. He left this life on June 11th, 1999.

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David E. Kelley is a television producer, writer, and attorney. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. David was born on April 4th, 1956 in Waterville, Maine, U.S.

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Josh Kelley is a pop rock, blues rock, and country music singer-songwriter and musician. He plays Lead vocalist, Guitar, and Keyboard instrument. He was most active from 2001 to 2001. Josh was given the name Joshua Bishop Kelley on January 30th, 1980.

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Jill Kelley is an advocate and socialite. Jill was given the name Gilberte Khawam on June 3rd, 1975 in Beirut.

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Elijah Kelley is an actor, singer, and dancer. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Elijah was born on August 1st, 1986 in LaGrange, Georgia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1884 6 0 6
1886 6 0 6
1887 6 0 6
1888 6 0 6
1890 5 0 5
1893 6 0 6
1894 6 0 6
1897 9 0 9
1898 6 0 6
1900 17 0 17
1901 8 0 8
1902 11 0 11
1904 5 0 5
1905 8 0 8
1906 5 0 5
1907 9 0 9
1908 11 0 11
1909 7 0 7
1910 11 0 11
1911 16 0 16
1912 18 0 18
1913 22 0 22
1914 17 0 17
1915 33 0 33
1916 30 0 30
1917 32 0 32
1918 31 0 31
1919 40 6 34
1920 51 5 46
1921 33 0 33
1922 28 0 28
1923 29 0 29
1924 24 0 24
1925 30 0 30
1926 31 0 31
1927 32 0 32
1928 28 0 28
1929 28 0 28
1930 25 0 25
1931 26 0 26
1932 21 0 21
1933 20 0 20
1934 17 0 17
1935 37 0 37
1936 18 0 18
1937 23 0 23
1938 22 0 22
1939 24 0 24
1940 35 5 30
1941 38 5 33
1942 47 7 40
1943 38 7 31
1944 38 6 32
1945 49 13 36
1946 49 5 44
1947 55 9 46
1948 43 12 31
1949 48 12 36
1950 69 23 46
1951 90 36 54
1952 117 52 65
1953 124 46 78
1954 138 73 65
1955 165 91 74
1956 266 158 108
1957 398 290 108
1958 800 650 150
1959 960 817 143
1960 1,159 1,004 155
1961 1,396 1,250 146
1962 1,448 1,311 137
1963 1,598 1,482 116
1964 1,659 1,536 123
1965 1,573 1,463 110
1966 1,650 1,515 135
1967 1,720 1,588 132
1968 2,084 1,916 168
1969 1,834 1,685 149
1970 1,629 1,497 132
1971 1,429 1,288 141
1972 1,319 1,217 102
1973 1,298 1,201 97
1974 1,324 1,208 116
1975 1,270 1,169 101
1976 1,218 1,100 118
1977 1,590 1,503 87
1978 1,449 1,364 85
1979 1,281 1,201 80
1980 1,195 1,084 111
1981 1,049 952 97
1982 1,097 1,007 90
1983 971 908 63
1984 864 796 68
1985 836 761 75
1986 1,072 999 73
1987 1,260 1,197 63
1988 1,187 1,125 62
1989 1,050 957 93
1990 946 887 59
1991 757 700 57
1992 767 703 64
1993 604 570 34
1994 546 498 48
1995 457 420 37
1996 383 351 32
1997 323 296 27
1998 299 275 24
1999 270 235 35
2000 237 206 31
2001 187 155 32
2002 190 170 20
2003 153 129 24
2004 125 106 19
2005 89 73 16
2006 111 89 22
2007 85 65 20
2008 84 63 21
2009 70 54 16
2010 71 54 17
2011 60 38 22
2012 61 46 15
2013 44 27 17
2014 48 39 9
2015 43 28 15
2016 40 22 18
2017 38 22 16

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Popularity of Kelley as a first name

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Popularity of Kelley as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kelley U.S.
  White 83.78% 64.26%
  African American 10.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kelley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kelley

  • What name lists does Kelley rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kelley? Kelley is the 979th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kelley was the 198th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kelley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52,103 babies born with the first name Kelley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kelley to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kelley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kelley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kelley is Thursday, March 7th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Kelley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kelley was in 1968 with a total of 1,916 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelley!
  • Random Kelley Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelley ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 12 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1977.
  • Weird things about the name Kelley: Your name in reverse order is Yellek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eekyll. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kelley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 140,693 people with the last name Kelley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kelley? Kelley was ranked as the 198th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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