[ 2 syll. (c)hel-sea, ch-els-ea ] The baby girl name Chelsea is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as CH-EHLSiy- †. Chelsea is of Old English origin and it is used mainly in English. The name Chelsea means 'landing place for chalk or limestone'. It is derived from cealc which means 'chalk, limestone' ; hyth 'landing place, harbor'. The first name is from the district Chelsea in London. The name was adopted in the 'swinging sixties', promoted by the fame of Chelsea and London as a fashion hub. It could also have been influenced by the Chelsea football club. In recent times, the baby name gained wider exposure from Chelsea Brown (1956-) when she appeared in the US TV sketch comedy Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1973), and from the daughter of US President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton (1980-), who was named after Joni Mitchell's song Chelsea Morning (1969), a favorite of her parents.
Chelsea is a widely used name; it has 50 forms. Forms of the name include Celsea, Chalsey, Chelce, Chelcea, Chelcee, Chelcey, Chelci, Chelese, Chelesia, Chelisa, Chelise, Chellise, Chelsa, Chelsae, Chelsah, Chelsay, Chelseah, Chelseigh, Chelsia, Chelssey, Chelssie, Chelssy, Chelsy, Chelsye, Chesea, Cheslee, Chesley, Cheslie, Chessea, and Kelsey. Other English forms include the shortenings Chel and Chels, the diminutives Chele, Chelie, Chelle, Chelli, Chellie, and Chessie, and the spelling variants Chelcie, Chelcy, Chellsie, Chelse, Chelsee, Chelsei, Chelsey, Chelsi, and Chelsie.
Chelsea is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1960s up to the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only sporadic use. Its usage peaked in 1992 with 0.807% of baby girls being named Chelsea. It had a ranking of #15 then. The baby name has experienced a marked drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #470 with a usage of 0.036%. Among the family of girl names directly related to Chelsea, Kelsey was the most commonly used. It was 12% more popular than Chelsea in 2018. Chelsea has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls.
Baby names that sound like Chelsea include Chelcee, Chelcey, Chelci, Chelcy, Chellsie, Chelsee, Chelsey, Chelsi, Chelsie, Chelssey, Chelssie, Chelsy, Chaela, Chailynne, Chalace, Chalcia, Chalice, Chalis, Chalise, and Challa.
† Pronunciation for Chelsea: CH as in "cheese (CH.IY.Z)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Chelsea is Political Relative Chelsea Clinton, born 27 February 1980, Little Rock, Arkansas.