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Meaning of the name Kelly

Kelly \k(el)-ly\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Kelly), is pronounced KEL-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kelly is "descendant of Ceallach". Transferred use of the surname. Originally an anglicized form of the ancient Irish Gaelic name Ceallach, possibly meaning "bright-headed", "strife", or "church, monastery". Actresses Kelly McGillis, Kelly Preston, Kelly Ripa.

Kelly has 11 variant forms: Kelianne, Kellee, Kelleen, Kelleigh, Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kellina, Kellyann, Kellyanne and Kellye.

For more information, see also related names Callie and Keely.

Baby names that sound like Kelly are Kally and Kealy.

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