Kelsey

First Name
151k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kelsey

"Kelsey" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Ceol's Island". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From Old English cēol (“ship”) + siġe (“victory”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular in the 1990s.
  3. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada.
  4. An unincorporated community in California.
  5. An unincorporated community in Texas.

Notable Persons Named Kelsey

Kelsey Grammer is an actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer, and activist. He was most prominent from 1979 to present. Kelsey was given the name Allen Kelsey Grammer on February 21st, 1955 in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Kelsey Chow is an actress. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Kelsey was given the name Kelsey Asbille Chow on September 9th, 1991 in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.

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Kelsey Plum is a basketball player. Kelsey was born on August 24th, 1994 in Poway, California.

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Kelsey was born on May 3rd, 1989. She passed away on June 2nd, 2007.

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Kelsey was born on September 6th, 1996 in Manhattan.

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Kelsey was born on September 7th, 1984 in North Ogden, Utah.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelsey

Frances Oldham Kelsey was a pharmacologist, physician, and pharmacology. Frances was given the name Frances Kathleen Oldham on July 24th, 1914 in Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada. She breathed her last breath on August 7th, 2015.

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Ian Kelsey is an actor. He was most active from 1993 to present. Ian was born on December 17th, 1966 in York.

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Henry Kelsey was an explorer. Henry was born in 1667 in East Greenwich, England. He passed away on November 1st, 1724.

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Linda Kelsey is an actress. She was most active from 1972 to present. Linda was born on July 28th, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

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Edward Kelsey is an actor. Edward was born in Petersfield.

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Anita Kelsey is a trance music, house music, and uk garage musician. She was most active from 1997 to present.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1891 5 0 5
1910 5 0 5
1912 10 0 10
1913 11 0 11
1914 10 0 10
1915 9 0 9
1916 13 0 13
1917 11 0 11
1918 15 0 15
1919 13 0 13
1920 7 0 7
1921 15 0 15
1922 10 0 10
1923 16 0 16
1924 14 0 14
1925 18 0 18
1926 15 0 15
1927 10 0 10
1928 12 0 12
1929 11 0 11
1930 16 0 16
1931 12 0 12
1932 11 0 11
1933 10 0 10
1934 5 0 5
1935 8 0 8
1936 8 0 8
1937 15 0 15
1938 12 0 12
1939 10 0 10
1940 8 0 8
1941 11 0 11
1942 19 5 14
1943 12 0 12
1944 12 0 12
1945 18 6 12
1946 23 7 16
1947 16 8 8
1948 28 9 19
1949 30 6 24
1950 19 10 9
1951 26 9 17
1952 22 10 12
1953 32 18 14
1954 34 15 19
1955 29 16 13
1956 34 12 22
1957 31 12 19
1958 36 23 13
1959 40 15 25
1960 34 13 21
1961 32 18 14
1962 41 19 22
1963 40 22 18
1964 43 20 23
1965 33 16 17
1966 40 17 23
1967 56 32 24
1968 63 24 39
1969 82 44 38
1970 120 49 71
1971 143 71 72
1972 149 76 73
1973 150 77 73
1974 161 88 73
1975 202 105 97
1976 217 116 101
1977 228 144 84
1978 248 164 84
1979 312 222 90
1980 403 309 94
1981 589 489 100
1982 896 790 106
1983 1,231 1,116 115
1984 1,676 1,554 122
1985 1,820 1,699 121
1986 2,655 2,515 140
1987 4,733 4,572 161 #67 girl name
1988 5,664 5,451 213 #64 girl name
1989 9,505 9,255 250 #31 girl name
1990 9,692 9,495 197 #32 girl name
1991 11,616 11,430 186 #26 girl name
1992 11,883 11,714 169 #23 girl name
1993 11,537 11,376 161 #24 girl name
1994 9,917 9,751 166 #29 girl name
1995 8,338 8,182 156 #33 girl name
1996 7,795 7,655 140 #36 girl name
1997 5,671 5,572 99 #57 girl name
1998 5,649 5,550 99 #56 girl name
1999 4,491 4,400 91 #72 girl name
2000 3,731 3,669 62 #88 girl name
2001 3,337 3,267 70 #99 girl name
2002 2,932 2,881 51
2003 2,610 2,568 42
2004 2,270 2,198 72
2005 1,998 1,960 38
2006 1,943 1,896 47
2007 1,736 1,698 38
2008 1,748 1,715 33
2009 1,544 1,520 24
2010 1,367 1,348 19
2011 1,287 1,262 25
2012 1,238 1,211 27
2013 1,059 1,047 12
2014 1,036 1,016 20
2015 967 949 18
2016 863 853 10

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Popularity of Kelsey as a first name

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Popularity of Kelsey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kelsey U.S.
  White 84.10% 64.26%
  African American 9.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kelsey

People with the last name Kelsey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kelsey

  • How Popular is the name Kelsey? Kelsey is the 477th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kelsey was the 2,501st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kelsey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 150,638 babies born with the first name Kelsey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kelsey to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kelsey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kelsey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kelsey is Tuesday, January 30th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Kelsey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kelsey was in 1992 with a total of 11,714 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelsey!
  • Random Kelsey Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelsey ranks 35th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 186 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Kelsey: Your name in reverse order is Yeslek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eylsek. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kelsey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,456 people with the last name Kelsey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kelsey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Kelsey as their last name.

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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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