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Kelly

First Name
552k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
267k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kelly

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
  2. United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)
  3. United States circus clown (1898-1979)
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  1. A surname​, Anglicised from the Irish Ó Ceallaigh.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name, popular from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Notable Persons Named Kelly

Kelly Ripa is an actress, co-host of live! with kelly and michael, co-founder of milojo, spokesperson for electrolux, rykä, live! with kelly, michael, electrolux, and spokesperson forelectroluxandrykä. She has been prominent since 1986. Kelly was given the name Kelly Maria Ripa on October 2nd, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey, U.S.

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Kelly Macdonald is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Kelly was born on February 23rd, 1976 in Glasgow.

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Kelly Clarkson is a pop music and rock music musician. She holds the title Dark Side" and Don't Rush". She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Kelly was given the name Kelly Brianne Clarkson on April 24th, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

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Kelly Preston is a model and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to 1980. Kelly was born on October 13th, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Kelly Brook is a model. Kelly was given the name Kelly Ann Parsons on November 23rd, 1979 in Rochester, Kent, England, UK.

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Kelly Rowland is a music artist (occupation), actor, celebrity, recording artist, actress, and television personality. She holds the title Commander". She was most active from 1997 to present. Kelly was given the name Kelendria Trene Rowland on February 11th, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelly

Megyn Kelly is a journalist, news anchor, political commentator, and attorney at law. Megyn was given the name Megyn Marie Kelly on November 18th, 1970 in Syracuse, New York, U.S.

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Machine Gun Kelly is a hip hop music and rap rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Machine was given the name Richard Colson Baker on April 22nd, 1990 in Houston, Texas, US. Machine is also known as Machine Gun Kelly.

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Grace Patricia Kelly was an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 18 to 18. Grace was born as the child of John B. Kelly, Sr., and Margaret Katherine Majer on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She passed away on September 14th, 1982.

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Iggy Azalea is a hip hop music and electronic dance music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2011. Iggy was given the name Amethyst Amelia Kelly on June 7th, 1990 in Sydney.

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Gene Kelly was a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, singer, producer, and choreography. He was most active from 1938 to 1994. Gene was given the name Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23rd, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. He died on February 2nd, 1996.

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R. Kelly is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and basketballer. He holds the title Bump N' Grind". He was most active from 1989 to present. R. was given the name Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8th, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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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 152 8 144
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 865 165 700
1952 1,101 295 806
1953 1,071 226 845
1954 1,415 455 960
1955 1,791 540 1,251
1956 2,303 831 1,472
1957 3,775 1,907 1,868
1958 6,770 4,471 2,299
1959 8,815 6,379 2,436 #74 girl name
1960 11,616 8,681 2,935 #50 girl name
1961 12,642 9,637 3,005 #45 girl name
1962 14,387 11,531 2,856 #38 girl name
1963 15,283 12,554 2,729 #32 girl name
1964 14,970 12,478 2,492 #35 girl name
1965 15,019 12,760 2,259 #30 girl name
1966 16,030 13,244 2,786 #26 girl name
1967 16,821 13,722 3,099 #23 girl name
1968 20,199 17,141 3,058 #97 boy name
#12 girl name
1969 19,120 16,327 2,793 #15 girl name
1970 17,110 14,612 2,498 #20 girl name
1971 14,862 12,598 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 12,605 10,846 1,759 #16 girl name
1975 13,379 11,737 1,642 #16 girl name
1976 13,333 11,792 1,541 #19 girl name
1977 19,719 18,235 1,484 #10 girl name
1978 18,294 16,986 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 13,061 11,879 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 12,200 11,216 984 #27 girl name
1985 11,924 11,031 893 #28 girl name
1986 11,285 10,413 872 #29 girl name
1987 10,650 9,864 786 #30 girl name
1988 9,650 8,912 738 #32 girl name
1989 9,574 8,763 811 #37 girl name
1990 8,821 8,135 686 #41 girl name
1991 8,155 7,512 643 #42 girl name
1992 7,544 7,010 534 #47 girl name
1993 6,774 6,299 475 #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 3,942 3,702 240 #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 2,517 2,357 160
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 1,050 942 108
2012 996 891 105
2013 950 847 103
2014 842 737 105
2015 776 673 103
2016 717 601 116

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Popularity of Kelly as a first name

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Popularity of Kelly as a last name

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Common last names for Kelly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Miller
  • White
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kelly U.S.
  White 78.09% 64.26%
  African American 16.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kelly

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kelly

  • How Popular is the name Kelly? Kelly is the 111th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kelly was the 74th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kelly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,962 babies born with the first name Kelly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kelly to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kelly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kelly is Friday, August 16th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Kelly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kelly was in 1977 with a total of 18,235 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelly!
  • Random Kelly Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelly ranks 57th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, 440 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Kelly: Your name in reverse order is Yllek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ellyk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 267,394 people with the last name Kelly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kelly? Kelly was ranked as the 74th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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