Kelly

Kelly - A very unique male name



  Feb 18,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Kelly, meaning war, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #381. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Kelly and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Kelly? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Kelly. The baby boy name Kelly was given to 49 baby boys in 2012, ranking #1618 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 33,491 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Kelly peaked in popularity 51 years ago in 1968 on position 97.



Famous with this name

Kelly Macdonald
Minka Kelly
Kelly Lin


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Kelly is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Kelly is currently topping the baby name charts in North Carolina at position #832 - and is the least popular in California at position #1,780.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Kelly is where you live.


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Kelly origin and meaning

Kelly is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means war. To see famous people named Kelly, pop culture references for the name Kelly and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Kelly

We've found the following names that sound similar to Kelly, sorted by popularity.

Kyle / Khalil / Kole / Kale / Kelley / Kahlil / Kael / Kiel / Kalel / Kohl /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20121618
20111719
20101661
20091420
20081549
20071252
20061354
20051337
20041077
20031138
2002925
2001917
2000893
1999845
1998712
1997624
1996544
1995543
1994520
1993452
1992413
1991364
1990350
1989296
1988302
1987277
1986254
1985250
1984225
1983214
1982196
1981210
1980208
1979201
1978177
1977160
1976158
1975149
1974142
1973145
1972139
1971136
1970135
1969115
196897
1967102
1966111
1965136
1964132
1963126
1962126
1961125
1960128
1959142
1958148
1957168
1956190
1955204
1954225
1953231
1952234
1951251
1950303
1949293
1948336
1947362
1946387
1945395
1944352
1943372
1942386
1941444
1940478
1939465
1938535
1937535
1936464
1935513
1934457
1933505
1932576
1931477
1930575
1929495
1928532
1927536
1926551
1925558
1924553
1923572
1922514
1921564
1920531
1919486
1918530
1917484
1916647
1915594
1914493
1913573
1912544
1911705
1910381

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
North Carolina832
Texas1119
Georgia1139
Pennsylvania1252
Ohio1286
California1780

Even more about Kelly


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Kelly a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Kelly?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1968
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Kelly
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 33,491
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +49

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