Kelley - Meaning of Kelley

What does Kelley mean?

[ 2 syll. kel-ley, ke-ll-ey ] The baby girl name Kelley is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced KEHLLiy- †. Kelley has its origins in the Celtic language and it is used largely in English. Kelley is a spelling variant of the English and Irish Kelly.

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Kelley is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1968, 0.112% of baby girls were named Kelley. It was #168 in rank then. The baby name has dropped out of favor since then, and is currently of only irregular use. In 2018, out of the family of girl names directly related to Kelley, Kelly was the most widely used. Although Kelley is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period prior to 1955 that it was more popular with boys. After 1956, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1982, 12 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Kelley.

Baby names that sound like Kelley include Kaelly, Kelli, Kellie, Kelly, Kacelah, Kaelee, Kaeley, Kaeli, Kaelie, Kaely, Kahlei, Kahley, Kahli, Kaila, Kailei, Kailey, Kaili, Kailie, Kaillie, and Kaily.

† Pronunciation for Kelley: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"



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