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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Kelly
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Kelly in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Kelly:
Records indicate that 466,734 girls in the United States have been named Kelly since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1977, when 18,232 people in the U.S. were given the name Kelly. Those people are now 37 years old.
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Comments about the name Kelly
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107 Positive Comments
"My name is Kelly Marie and I love it. I do not know many Kelly's and i like that. I am also called Kel or Kels by loved ones." Oct. 2, 2013:
"My name is Kelly Ann. I am 21. Before I was born my parents were going to name me Kimberly. After I was born with a full head of thick red-orange hair, my grandmother told my parents I looked like a Kelly and they agreed. I have had a lot of people tell me I have a nice name but surprisingly my name has been spelled incorrectly by many people, including teachers." May. 15, 2012:
"My name is Kelly Ann and I love my name. I am Irish and Spanish but I love how my name expresses the Irish side in me more!" Mar. 16, 2012:
"My name is Kelly-Lynne and I love it it's such a pretty name. Even the name Kelly alone is a nice name." Sep. 28, 2011:
"My name is Kelly Eve. THey don't flow but i love my name. It was suppose to be "Keri Lynn" But my mom made it Kelly! I'm soo glad! When i was younger i didn't think about my name to much but now that i'm a little bit older (12 ) (: I like it! I got my middle name after my grandmother who died before i turned 1 "Evelyn" and I'm gratefull. I love the name Kelly!!! <3" Aug. 24, 2011:
"My name is Kelly Rae after my grandma. I love love love my first name and my middle name. I grew up in a small town and went to school with 7 Kelly's who were all my friends. Most people spell my name correctly but sometimes they think it ends in "i or ie" which doesn't matter to me much because I love it no matter how it's spelled." Jul. 15, 2011:
"My name is Kelly Jo.....I love my name. I'm trying to get my sister to name her baby Kelly too. I don't think it's working but it's definitely worth the try!!" Jun. 6, 2011:
"Hi, I'm a Kelly too, Kelly Ann Bowers, im from Canada and i love my name. my middle name is from my mums best friend, Andrea, dad wasnt too keen on it tho, so the compromise was Ann :)" Apr. 2, 2011:
"My name is kelly-ann maria ellis,
i like my name, i used to want to change it, but when i think about it, theres not a nicer name to change it to? so i think il keep it, i do get teased alot at school, but i dont let them get me down, most of the boys are scared of me anyway;) haha, KELLYS RULE!xxx" Feb. 28, 2011:
"My name is Kelly Ryan and I love it. I think it shows off my heritage and my first and middle name go together really well. I also like the fact that its more of a boy's name, even though I'm a girl because I feel it makes it a little different and interesting. I never had a big problem with teasing and nicknames when I was younger. My family calls me Kel, and I have several friends that call me Kelly Ryan. I've only received compliments for my name." Feb. 24, 2011:
"My name is Kellie, and I was apparently on the front of the swing of popularity in the name, born in 1957. I love my name!" Jan. 21, 2011:
"I'm Kelly, too! I'm 20 years old. My middle name is Ann. My parents couldn't decide on a name for me when I was born (I surprised them by coming 3 months early), and they saw someone in a magazine with our last name and the first name Kelly, and they thought it sounded nice, so here I am! :) I like my name. I only know two or three other people named Kelly. All spelled this way. Only one is my age. I like having a name that is common enough that people know how to say and spell it, but not so common that there is always someone with the same name as me in class." Jan. 16, 2011:
"Hey. My Name Is Kelly Lynn Sawyer. I Am 16 Years Old. When I Was Younger I Used To Want To Change My Name But Now I'm In Love With It. Most People Call Me "Kellz" Or "KellyLynnBaybee." The Only Things I Don't Like About My Name Is That It Rhymes With "Smelly." So People Call My Smelly Kelly Or Kell Bell. I've Met Like One Person That Spells It "Kelly". One Person Who Spells It "Kellie". One Person Who Spells It "Kellie" And One Person Who Spells It "Kelli". But I Think The Name "Kelly" Is Very Unique No Matter How It's Spelled. My Grandma Named Me "Kelly" Because My Mom Couldn't Think Of A Name That Sounds Good With "Lynn" So Here I Am As "Kelly Lynn" Most People Spell It With "ie" And I Tell Them That My Name Is Spelled The "Easy Way" Then They Look At Me Like "Just A "Y" And I'm Like "Yup." So All Kelly's Rule Lol.
Kelly Lynn!" Jan. 9, 2011:
"My name is Keli Leigh and although I don't like the two strung together (Kel-Lee-Lee), I do enjoy the different spelling. I never did when I was little though! Now, I've come to let it slide when people spell my name Kelly or Kelli or better yet, call me Keri because for some reason they think I spelled it wrong. lol!" Sep. 9, 2010:
"my name is kelly. my middle names are Enola Jeanne. i love my middle names and i love my first name but i exspecially looove jeanne, its from my grandma, who unfortunately died. i like to be called kellyEnola,but no one calls me that im usually called kelly belly. my brother makes fun of me and says kelly telly has a belly full of stinky jelly :( i usually go by KEJ(it's purnounced key-j Not key jay just the sound j makes. i dont really like my name i like names that are unique and never heard of or wacky spellings for example VictoriaLynn or Valentina or Mallorie. kelly is very popular where i come from :(" Jul. 29, 2010:
"i like kelly's i'm irish as well and i want to get to know a kelly!" May. 8, 2010:
"Greetings, my name is Kelly Louise Broady and im thankful to have my name and my grandmother's name as my middle name. She pasted last year on 10-31-09. I use to dislike it as a child because I wanted to be different and unique but I realized as I got older, I was different and unique without my name being changed. I was spiritually blessed and I was a gift from GOD. I was called Kelly, Kelly Kel, Kel and Kelly Belly as I grew up and attended college. I love the purpose of my name "WARRIOR" It fits my life perfectly. I am now called " WARRIOR IN CHRIST" I was built to fight battles for the Lord. Im a Prayer WARRIOR" Be Thankful. I love all of you." Apr. 18, 2010:
"Kelly Maree.. im 19 years old I love my name.
Im happy with the way my parents spell it, it may be the basic way of spelling it but at least noone ever stuffs up the spelling =)
i used to be called kelly belly jelly telly smelly.. too many things ryhme with it but i couldnt change my name..
when you hear the name kelly you think of barbies little sister, how could you hate it" Mar. 13, 2010:
"I am Kelly Lynn, Irish and proud! I absolutely love my name!" Jan. 7, 2010:
"My name is Kelly and i absolutly LOVE it!! Im glad i have such a beautiful name. My name means woman warrior and its a Irish name." Dec. 23, 2009:
"My name is Kelly Leann and I am 29 years old. They say (depending upon which site you read) means warrior. I am the though never back down type of gal and of course it's kind of known as a sexy name. Due to TV portraying Kelly's as sexy. (and yes I am Blond and proud of it)" Dec. 7, 2009:
"I really like my first name, Kelly, even though I go by my middle name for the most part as an adult. I love my family calling me Kelly, but feel it's a special part of me & my childhood & prefer to be called by my middle name by most everyone outside of my family. I have had some very cute nicknames from childhood/adolescence that I love & my mom in particular still calls me by them :) I have to say however that I hated when kids at school called me "Kelly Belly" as a kid. That's the only one that bothered me. I think Kelly fits me well in it's meaning (aside from the fact that I don't have an ounce of Irish blood in me,) however, unfortunately "Kellys" depicted in the media in the '80s until present & the Kelly's I've met in real life mostly came off with a certain stereotype which I feel never really fit me and that always irritated me a bit - not my name, but the connotation that came with it because of the media. That is however not the reason that I switched to my middle name when I got older. I switched for several personal reasons which I don't feel the need to elaborate on as it has nothing to do with the name itself. I actually feel my first name to be "sacred" to my "child self" in a way & therefore only allow my family & other people very close to me whom I love & trust to call me Kelly." Nov. 25, 2009:
"My name is Keli, I have yet to find someone with the same spelling (have seen a couple of kelli but none with one 'l'. I'm Keli Alison and I quite like it. lol" Nov. 25, 2009:
"im kellynoelle, to others it may sound weird, but i totally love it." Nov. 7, 2009:
"my names kelli-marie and people always spell it kelly, they never say kelli-marie just kelli which is ok i guess its when they call me kel that i hate it, thats a guys name ya know like kenan n kel, no thanks, my name suits my personality so well soo cheers mum :D" Aug. 19, 2009:
"Kelly Marie<3 i absolutely love my name. I used to wanna change it but not anymore. I only know like one other Kelly, and not to sound cocky but im expreamly popular so when sumone hears the name Kelly they automatically think of me." Jul. 16, 2009:
"My name is Kelleigh DeeAnn and yes it is pronounced "Kelly" and people all the time mispell it and mispronounce it. Thankfully though no one recognizes it as a male's name because of the feminie 'leigh' on the end. I have begun to really like my name because I've never personally meet a person with the name spelled like mine! I plan to pass the name to a daughter of mine as her middle name to keep the tradition up!" Jun. 21, 2009:
"My name is Kellie Marie! I love it because there aren't a lot of people with and! I love the "ie" part because it's unique!" May. 9, 2009:
"My name is Kelly & I love it! My middle name is Marie, personally i think the two go together nicely :D. I Know so many other Kelly's tho which can get confusing :P" May. 8, 2009:
"My name is Kelly Ann and i love it! :) i love it because there"s not a lot of Kellys in my school and its a cool name. :)" Mar. 7, 2009:
"Kelli is my middle name.
I absolutely love it and would consider passing it down to a daughter along with my mother's maiden name to keep it in the family. I'm very Irish and take pride in it. Not many people have it as a middle name. They are all Maries (ick) and Anns (ick)" Feb. 12, 2009:
"My name was Kelly Lynne White and I married a guy named Milton Kelly so yes indeed my name is Kelly Kelly! Fortunately I do like my name! Most everyone calls me Kel. Quite a few people call me KellyKelly as if it were all one name. My best friend in high school was also named Kelly. I don't know anyone who has named their kid Kelly in the last 20 years!" Feb. 4, 2009:
"my name is Kelley. I've met only one other person who spells it that way for their first name - and they were named their mother's maiden name." Feb. 3, 2009:
"My name is Kellie Jade Purves. I live in Australia and here Kelly is a pertty much a popular name not so much with the newer generation here. (I'm almost 20) And in my lifetime pretty much everyone spells my name wrong but Kelly is most popular known for having a 'Y' on the end. I have met so far of 10 people with the name Kelly but only 3 have the same spelling as me with an 'IE' on the end. I usually get called Kell, or with one of my clost friends she calls me Kell-Kell or Kell-Kells, and other times I might get called Kells, Karlie (as my mum likes to call me), Kell-Bell, Kellie-Belly, Kellie-Smelly lol, and that's pretty much it except I like to call myself KJ and a few of my really good friends to it's a nik name for my first and middle name. I always hated my name when I was little girl my dad wanted Kellie and Mum wanted Jade. When I was younger I wanted to change my name to Jade until I got older & I had a long hard think and I do quite like & now I wouldn't change it because it's what my parent's names me." Feb. 1, 2009:
"Hi! I'm Kelly Kathleen Ebanks :) I love my middle
name the most because it's from my
grandma." Jan. 31, 2009:
"Hey my name is Kelly too... but i dont have a middle name:( my friends call me all sorts of thinks like kel, k-belle, k, kelimenjaro, kelly mo... but i still with i had one single nickname like kelso or something... i am all irish, i think thats cool cause now a days were all different kinds of cultures but im still my one culture, and i live in US" Dec. 18, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Denise. I like being a Kelly, it fits me perfectly. I'm very sarcastic so I think it's a great fit for me. Not keen on the Denise, but not a lot of names sound good with Kelly, really. I wouldn't mind if my parents had given me a different middle name, but I guess it fits. I do meet others with the same name sometimes, mostly spelt just like mine, with a "y". People do call ms Kels, KelKel, Smelly Kelly, Kelbel, etc. It just varies. I'm just glad my parents didn't doom me forever by naming me Jennifer, or Ashley, or Brittany. Ha." Dec. 9, 2008:
"I love my name~! Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly~ I love it a lot because there are not a lot a African Americans named Kelly~ =D" Nov. 22, 2008:
"people call me kelly bean [like jelly bean hardy har har] and also i think it's awesome that no one [in the US] was named Kelly until around 1947. we're modern! go kellys!" Nov. 13, 2008:
"i looove my name . its kelli ann it spelled a little different then alot of people but i have never had any problems with my name, and i love when people call me kel or kelli belli," Nov. 3, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Marie and it flows with my last name. I think it's a great name for a girl!" Nov. 2, 2008:
"I love my name and would never want to change it. I get called Kel, Kelbel, Kelkers, kelks or kay. And my sister has just named her daughter after me!" Nov. 1, 2008:
"my names Kelly- Anne, i love the Kelly but not so keen on the Anne, however i wouldnt change it for the world lol :D" Oct. 15, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Jane Martin. I've always liked the way it sounds all together, even if each individual name is a little common, if not sort of plain. I go by Kelly, but a lot of people call me Kel. Unfortunately, there are 3 other Kellys in my grade in school... it makes things a little confusing, but it's been fun too! On our school's "twin" spirit day, the four of us dressed up as quads and we all had name tags saying, "Hello, my name is: Kelly!" So much fun!
Some math for you:
Kelly = warrior
Martin = warlike
Kelly + Martin = Warlike Warrior" Oct. 14, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Jane Martin. I've always liked the way it sounds all together, even if each individual name is a little common, if not sort of plain. I go by Kelly, but a lot of people call me Kel. Unfortunately, there are 3 other Kellys in my grade in school... it makes things a little confusing, but it's been fun too! On our school's "twin" spirit day, the four of us dressed up as quads and we all had name tags saying, "Hello, my name is: Kelly!"" Oct. 14, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Darlene. I'm a twin. My twin was named Carlene. I've met very few Kelly's in my life and most spell it in a different way. I tend to go by Kel with my very few close friends. My dad called me Kelly-bird. He has since passed, so no one calls me that any longer." Oct. 14, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Cristine. It's beautiful! I'm thinking about getting a tattoo that says Ceallaigh, to go back to my irish roots." Sep. 29, 2008:
"My name is Kelly hehe :D* i like it, i didn't when I was younger I wanted a name like Victoria or Elizabeth or anything fancy. I like it's plainess now..it's plain but it's not, it has some vivality to it and despite it's trendiness....i do not know and haven't ever met a lot of kelly's, it's under 10. oh and with a Y is the BEST way, all Y kelly's are vry firm believers in that...we think the other spellings are strange and are trying to be unique PLAHHHHHHHHH hahahaha" Aug. 30, 2008:
"My name is Kelly and my middle name is Ann, and I love it! I think they sound great together adn I just love my name" Aug. 22, 2008:
"My name is Kelly LaNette. I've always loved my name." Aug. 22, 2008:
"I love my name!! My name is Kelly Lee. I go by Kel or some people call me Kell Bell which is cute. I was named after Kelly on charlies angels as well the old soapie!!!" Aug. 21, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Anne, and I absolutely love my name! I couldn't have asked for a better name. I've only met about 7 Kelly's my whole life, but have found a sense of inner beauty in each and every one of them. I think it's more suitable for a girl, unless you live in Ireland." Jul. 31, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Marie and personally, I love my name! It fits me like a glove because I'm a warrior tried and true. I usually go by Kel or Kell Belle." Jul. 21, 2008:
"My name's Kelly Amber, I like my name a lotttt. My friends call me Kel, Kelz, Kells Belles, Kelbel, kellayy, Kelly Belly.
but I think it fits me =]" Jul. 21, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Jean. I know a few other Kellys at my school. I'm in high school and I can name at least 6 other Kellys. I like my name but I wish it were more original. Sometimes I feel like there are too many Kellys in the world. But Kelly is a good name anyway, except that it rhymes with smelly. Mean kids used to call me SMELLY KELLY. It wasn't nice." Jul. 10, 2008:
"I'm Kelly Paige. Many people spell it Kellie or Kelli. I know a few Kelly's, and most of them spell it Kelly, like me. I know this one girl whose name is Keleigh, and it's pronpounced Kelly, but spelled differently. I like the name, but some of the nicknames (Kelly Belly who is Smelly...) bother me. Overall, it's a nice name to have." Jul. 6, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Anne and I love it. I'm 14 and know no one else with my name that's my age. It's pretty unique, you never hear too much of people named Kelly. It's a lovely name, in my opinion." Jun. 30, 2008:
"My name is the most original name ever ok!!!
Im called KELLY-SAND and i love the sound of it so if u have a problem with that... idk what u have to do.. (and sorry for my english.. I'm a french speaker.. (: )
Kellyy" Jun. 27, 2008:
"My name is Kelly LaNette and I love it. I don't meet a lot of other Kelly's. We named our little girl Kaylee Dawn." Jun. 10, 2008:
"I like that name Kelly sound like sweet girl with a blonde hair and blue eyes." Jun. 9, 2008:
i love my name:)
rarely do people spell it wrong!
i go by kelly
klur- has to do with my last name!
kelcat" May. 19, 2008:
"My daughter's name is Kelly Kathleen. I have red hair and green eyes, so an Irish sounding name seemed appropriate for my daughter. Her nickname was Kelly Belly when she was little -- it got shortened to Kelly Belle (the way our Southern friend spells it). She was born in 1994 and there aren't too many Kellys her age -- most are older. I have heard her name means Warrior Woman (Kelly) Dear to my heart (Kathleen). I love that! And she really is -- a strong, passionate dear heart!" May. 10, 2008:
"My name is Kelly Renee. I love my name so much and all of my friends do too. My daughter's name is Kelly Anne. I love the name "Kelly."" May. 9, 2008:
"My name is Kelly and I love that name so much and I'm glad that my mother had named me Kelly. I don't like it when people say that the name "Kelly" is stupid. I don't know anyone that says that but some of my friends do. Everyone that I just meet or something like that, when I tell them my name, they tell me that they love it abd it makes me feel really good. I love my name!" May. 9, 2008:
"I am also Kelly Kathleen. I really love my name even though my first and last name are kind of boring. My first and middle just sound so pretty to me. :-D" May. 7, 2008:
"my name is kelly anne, it is very plain. But i like it. not my middle name though. i liked being called kels" Apr. 19, 2008:
"I am Kelly Rae. nicknames include: Kell, KellBell, Krae, KellRae, Miss Bell, Kells Bells, and the list goes on.......
I like my name as I was named after Kelly on Charlie's Angels." Apr. 17, 2008:
"My name is KellyAnne and people often spell my it Kelli. We have three Kellys in my town, but I am most fitting for my name! I love it, it's very fitting for my personality." Apr. 14, 2008:
"PEEPSSZ BE LIKE U IRISH??
I B LIKE NA IM NOT WEN DEY HEAR MA NAME
BUT MA NAME IS SEQKZSII
WO0P WO0P" Mar. 31, 2008:
"i love my name!!! i'm kelly kathleen and i love both of my names because they're great!!!" Mar. 22, 2008:
"i LOVE my name. it fit as a child, it fits as a young adult, and it fits as an adult. its fun and cute and perfect!" Jan. 9, 2008:
"My name is Kelly, well actually it's kelly-marie but everyone calls me kelly. I read it meant warrior too and that its a name that resembles leadership." Nov. 7, 2007:
"Yayy thats my name. Kellie tho =]
from what I've read Kelly means 'warrior'" Nov. 7, 2007:
"This is the name of my soon to be wife - my great fiance. In the past Ive been told this name means "warrior" or "war" - great.
My name by definition menas "rebel" - we might never see eye to eye on anything! :p" Sep. 19, 2007:
"I love the name Kelly!
It is a very cute name and a name many people love including myself." Aug. 29, 2007:
"Hey!! My name is Kelly and its awesome. Yea my nicknames are pretty much the same - kellbell, kell, smelly jelly belly. haha but i love it!!" Jul. 15, 2007:
"my name is kelly. and when i was little i always changed the spelling of it to make it more unique. but now that im older ive grown to love me name and it fun just like me <3" Jul. 8, 2007:
"My name's Kelly :] And I'm a cheerleader!
I love my name. People call me cheerleader barbie lol!" Jul. 6, 2007:
"I love my name! I love it's strong meanings of "warrior" and "bright-headed." I love being affectionately called "kel bell" or simply "kel." While I've never been fond of "Kelly with a belly full of jelly" (anyone else ever gotten that one?? haha), it's always been said in jest; never in a mean way. And I never knew it was that common so I never thought it was plain; I honestly haven't met that many other Kellys." Jun. 6, 2007:
"My name is Kelly, and I love it! It has taken me 23 years to love it though. I have always loved the fact that even people I just meet call me Kell. I too get called Kell Bell from my friends, and my family call me Kells (I love it)! It's only through knowing the meaning of my name that I have finally fallen in love with Kelly. It is so me it is scary. Following is the meaning of our name Kelly - From the Irish meaning "warrior". She knows what she wants and will use her boundless energy to achieve it. She is very much in control of her life. Love it girls, even if it is a popular name!" May. 17, 2007:
"i am called kelly and i think all you people called sausage and beef jerky are the stupid ones!! plz praise it!!!" Apr. 23, 2007:
"I LOVE MY NAME 'KELLY' ITS BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY WAY AND ITS ALSO MENT TO BE LUCKY SO NAME YOURE CHILD KELLY AND GOOD LUCK WILL COME YOURE WAY!"