What does Kelly mean?

Definitions for Kelly
ˈkɛl ikel·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Kelly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kelly, Emmett Kelly, Weary Willienoun

    United States circus clown (1898-1979)

  2. Kelly, Grace Kelly, Grace Patricia Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaconoun

    United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)

  3. Kelly, Gene Kelly, Eugene Curran Kellynoun

    United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)


  1. Kellynoun

    transferred from the surname.

  2. Kellynoun

    A surname, Anglicised from the Irish Ó Ceallaigh.

  3. Kellynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

  4. Kellynoun

    A female given name transferred from the surname, popular from the 1960s to the 1990s.


  1. kelly

    Kelly is an Irish-originated unisex name that's commonly used in English-speaking countries. It means "war" or "strife." The name can also refer to a color, specifically a bright shade of green. Additionally, in certain contexts, Kelly may refer to the Kelly criterion or strategy in probability theory and finance that helps define the optimal size of a series of bets. It may also refer to various places, people, or things bearing the name.

Suggested Resources

  1. kelly

    Song lyrics by kelly -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by kelly on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KELLY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kelly is ranked #74 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kelly surname appeared 267,394 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 91 would have the surname Kelly.

    78% or 208,808 total occurrences were White.
    16.2% or 43,371 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 7,193 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 4,840 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 1,711 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 1,444 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Kelly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4492

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Kelly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3010

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kelly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Kelly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Kelly in a Sentence

  1. Joy Behar:

    McCain said. Behar was apparently inflamed by McCain’s comment. We're talking about Kelly. We're talking about Kelly! We are not talking about abuse right now, don’tsay something like that. McCain attempted to point out that Behar was laughing but the liberal host interrupted.

  2. Cat Ellington:

    Grace Kelly's 'Lisa Carol Fremont' is my spirit animal.

  3. Jabbar Collins:

    Me and Tom were infuriated that they were causing Emmanuel Kelly Cooper this additional suffering, that did catch us off-guard, but we knew that dismissal was a forgone conclusion.

  4. Geoff Duncan:

    We've seen the circus come to town before, most memorably during the runoff with Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. We watched how 99.9% of the festivities were centered around him, talking about how he was wronged in an election, it was a fraudulent deal, and just creates and sows chaos and confusion as to why people should or shouldn’t show up to vote.

  5. United States:

    We need another strong ambassador who will not only advocate for the United States, but also be a staunch voice for global human rights and democracy, i have no doubt Kelly Craft will faithfully represent the United States and I look forward to working with her as she assumes her new role.

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