[ 2 syll. kel-sey, ke-ls-ey ] The baby boy name Kelsey is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is KEHLSiy- †. Kelsey is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. It is derived from the elements 'ceol' meaning ship ; 'sige' victory. The first name is from the English surname, which is itself from the masculine name Ceolsige (Old English).
Kelsey has 18 variants. Variants include Kelcea, Kelcee, Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kellsey, Kellsie, Kelsa, Kelse, Kelsea, Kelsee, Kelsi, Kelso, Kelsy, Kesley, and Kesly. The variant spelling Kelsie is another English form.
Kelsey is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1989, 0.012% of baby boys were given the name Kelsey. It ranked at #634 then. The baby name has since substantially declined in popularity, and is currently of very light use. Within all boy names in its group, Kelsey was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Though Kelsey is currently more often than not a girl name, there was a period from 1970 to 1976 when more boys were given the name. From 1977 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Kelsey. In 1996, the name Kelsey was given to 57 times as many girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Kelsey include Kelcee, Kelcey, Kelci, Kelcy, Kellsie, Kelsee, Kelsi, Kelsie, Kaeleigh, Kailas, Kaileigh, Kalash, Kaleak, Kaleaq, Kaleik, Kaleiq, Kalic, Kaliek, Kalik, and Kaliq.
† 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)"
A famous person named Kelsey is Kelsey Grammer, Actor, born 21 February 1955.