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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Kelly
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Kelly in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Kelly:
Records indicate that 79,670 boys in the United States have been named Kelly since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1967, when 3,095 people in the U.S. were given the name Kelly. Those people are now 53 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Kelly
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5 Positive Comments
"I'm a male 59 named Kelly, the only real problem I've have is when I pick up scripts at the pharmacy and they always ask what's her birthday. I just answer my birthday is...... the looks are priceless lol" Oct. 22, 2019:
"I find it quite humorous when I run across an adult who says, "isn't that a girls name?" Seriously you're 45 years old? It wasn't funny in the third grade it's not funny now. I work with another guy with the name Kelly.
I've met several guys with the name through my life. I love my name and my Irish heritage. It's just a name, people are weird about names. What's your lame name, Mike?" Aug. 6, 2014:
"My ex boyfriend's name is Kelly but he's not actually Irish, he's part Spanish. So i asked why he's called Kelly and apparently his parents believed he was going to be a girl and had already picked the name Kelly but when he was born and they saw that he was in fact a boy, they loved the name so much they called him Kelly anyway.
He doesn't like it and prefers to be called Kel but i love the name." Dec. 3, 2010:
"I struggled with my name (Kelly) my whole life - - that is until I got married. My wife loves my name. I am proud to have this name of strong Irish ancestry!" Mar. 4, 2010:
"People do confuse it with a girl's name - despite the fact that their are over 79,670 boys called Kelly vs. 462,260 girls." May. 14, 2009:
1 Negative Comment
"It's my husband name and do people get confuse who is the woman in the house if they don't know us. Also when I tell people I'm married to Kelly, I get looks and I can just imagine what is running through their minds." Dec. 7, 2005:
5 Neutral Comments
"My name is kelly and people usually think that I?m a girl before seeing that I?m a boy" May. 14, 2020:
"My husband?s name is Kelly, his dad?s name is Kelly. I love that name for a guy." Apr. 28, 2020:
"Although I have met as many males named Kelly as I have girls with the name, most people associate it as a girls name. My answer to that is usually "do I look like a girl?"(I have a beard and mustache). I like my name though. It's not a common name and it sounds cool." Jan. 10, 2010:
"im called kellie sounds the same as kelly but spelt different" May. 19, 2007:
"It seems as though there are football players by this Irish name. It's just fine. My nephew and step-nephew carry this name and it suites them." Sep. 21, 2006:
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