Kelly

Kelly - A very unique female name



  May 21,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Kelly, meaning war, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #1002. 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 girl name Kelly was given to 863 baby girls in 2012, ranking #353 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,638 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Kelly peaked in popularity 42 years ago in 1977 on position 10.



Famous with this name

Kelly Hu
Kelly Reilly
Kelly Macdonald


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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 Delaware at position #132 - and is the least popular in Missouri at position #881.

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.

Kayla / Kaylee / Kylie / Kelli / Kellie / Kelley / Kylee / Kyla / Kailey / Khloe /

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
2012353
2011337
2010307
2009260
2008249
2007222
2006214
2005175
2004138
2003126
2002120
2001124
2000111
199996
199890
199783
199672
199563
199462
199351
199247
199142
199041
198937
198832
198730
198629
198528
198427
198326
198225
198123
198019
197916
197812
197710
197619
197516
197416
197318
197223
197122
197020
196915
196812
196723
196626
196530
196435
196332
196238
196145
196051
195974
1958108
1957186
1956306
1955380
1954415
1953626
1952502
1951700
1950953
1949853
19481111
19471122
19461622
19451582
19441293
19431367
19421788
19411545
19221972
19101002

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Delaware132
New Jersey205
North Carolina227
New York233
Connecticut237
California255
Massachusetts266
Maryland267
Iowa280
Oregon285
Illinois298
Virginia298
West Virginia333
Washington336
Texas358
Pennsylvania399
New Mexico410
Nebraska423
Wisconsin425
Kentucky431
Minnesota445
Georgia448
Kansas448
Louisiana459
Mississippi461
Florida488
Alabama495
Ohio501
Tennessee508
Nevada510
Indiana515
Arkansas554
Arizona586
South Carolina741
Colorado825
Michigan836
Missouri881

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 female 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
1977
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Kelly
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 1,638
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +863

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