Kelsey - Meaning of Kelsey
[ 2 syll. kel-sey, ke-ls-ey ] The baby girl name Kelsey is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as KEHLSiy- †. Kelsey has its origins in the Old English language and it is used largely in English. It is derived from ceol which means 'ship' ; sige 'victory'. It represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name. See Kelsey for more information.
In addition, Kelsey is a form of the English Chelsea.
Kelsey has 29 forms. Forms of the name include Celsa, Kel, Kelcea, Kelcee, Kelda, Kellsee, Kellsei, Kelsay, Kelse, Kelsea, Kelsei, Kelso, Kelsy, Kesley, Kolsie, and Nelsey. Other English forms include the shortening Kelsa, and the spelling variants Celsey, Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kellsey, Kellsie, Kellsy, Kelsee, Kelsi, Kelsie, and Kelsye.
Kelsey is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1970s up to the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only very modest use. Its usage peaked in 1992 with 0.585% of baby girls being named Kelsey. It was #23 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #417 with a usage of 0.040%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Kelsey was used 12% more than the next ranked name, Chelsea, in 2018. Although Kelsey is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period from 1970 to 1976 that it was more popular with boys. After 1977, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1996, 57 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Kelsey.
Baby names that sound like Kelsey include Kelcee, Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcy, Kellsee, Kellsie, Kelsee, Kelsi, Kelsie, Ka'la, Kaala, Kacela, Kaelasa, Kaeleigh, Kahla, Kahlia, Kailagh, Kailah, Kailas, and Kailase.
† Pronunciation for Kelsey: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"