Kelly Origin and Meaning

The name Kelly is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "war".

Once the quintessential bouncy teenager name, Kelly helped launch the trend of unisex Irish names . But it now takes a backseat to more substantial surname names like Kennedy.

# 805 in the US

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Famous People Named Kelly

  • Kelly RutherfordAmerican actress
  • Kelly Brianne ClarksonAmerican pop singer and first "American Idol" winner
  • Kelly Maria RipaAmerican actress and TV host
  • Kelly Preston (born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith)American actress
  • Kelly Michelle Lee OsbourneEnglish singer and TV personality
  • Kelly Jean Killoren BensimonAmerican model and reality TV personality
  • Kelly Lee CarlsonAmerican actress
  • Kelly CoultasAmerican singer
  • Kelly Marie MonacoAmerican actress and model
  • Kelly Kay EmbergAmerican model
  • Kelly Ann HuAmerican actress and Miss Hawaii USA 1993
  • Kelly Chen (born Vivian Chen Waiman), Hong Kong singer and actress.
  • Kelly Kelly (born Barbara Jean "Barbie" Blank)American pro wrestler and model
  • Kelendria Trene "Kelly" RowlandAmerican pop singer formerly of Destiny's Child
  • Kelly Cherelle PriceAmerican R&B singer
  • Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons)American actress and model
  • Kelly BrazierNew Zealand rugby player
  • Kelly Marie TranAmerican actress
  • Kelly Marie (born Jacqueline McKinnon)Scottish singer
  • Kelly Gallagher (born Kelly Wearstler) American interior designerPlayboy Playmate of the Month for
  • September 1994 as Kelly Gallagher
  • Kelly Rohrbach (b. 1990) American actress & model famous for playing the part of C.J. Parker in the 2017 film "Baywatch"
  • Kelly LeBrock (b. 1960) American model & actresswas in the 1985 film "Weird Science"
  • Kelly Divine (b. 1984) adult film actress

Kelly in Pop Culture

  • Kelly Bundymain character on TV's "Married with Children"
  • Kelly Kapowskimain character on TV's "Saved by the Bell"
  • Kelly Taylormain character on TV's "Beverly Hills 90210"
  • Kelly Kapoormain character on TV's "The Office"
  • Kelly Wanwrightmain character on TV's "Big Time Rush"
  • Kelly Donovancharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Kelly GainesWoody's wife on TV's "Cheers"
  • Kelly FoxHayden's daughter on TV's "Coach"
  • Kelly RobertsBarbie's younger sister
  • Kelly Quinnmain character in TV show "Just Add Magic"
  • Kelly Gibbscharacter on TV's "NCIS"
  • Kelly Collinscharacter in TV movie "Cadet Kelly"
  • Kelly Baileymain character on British TV's "Misfits"
  • Kelly Cramercharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Kelly Taylorcharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Kelly Garrettcharacter on TV's "Charlie's Angels"
  • Kelly Prescottcharacter in Meg Cabot's "The Mediator"
  • Kelly Sutekhminor character in Pittacus Lore's "Lorien Legacies" series
  • Kelly JonesHead Girl of St. Trinian's
  • Kellycharacter in "Prince of Darkness"
  • Kelly Graysoncharacter on TV series "The Orville"

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