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Gender: Male Meaning of Kellen: "swamp; slender" Origin of Kellen: German; Irish Kellen's Popularity in 2017: #622

The name Kellen is a boy's name of German, Irish origin meaning "swamp; slender". Kellen is ranked #622 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

Kellen is German in origin and Irish in spirit. Kellen has fallen a bit in popularity for boys since its peak in 2012, but it has possibilities for girls too. In fact, Kellen's similarity to such feminine names as Helen, Ellen, and Kelly makes it feel more unisex or even female, though Twilight actor Kellan Lutz has done much to popularize this name for boys.

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Famous People Named Kellen

Kellen Briggs, American hockey player
Kellen Boswell Winslow, American football player
Kellen Vincent Clemens, American football player
Kellen Michael, American actor
Kellen Davis, American football player
Kellen Moore, American football player
Kellen Heard, American football player
Kellen Gulley, American soccer player
Kellen William Patino, son of actress Kelly Stables & Kurt Patino
Kellen Madison, son of football player Sam Madison
Kellen Givens, son of actress Lynn-Holly Johnson and Kelly Givens
Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld (b. 2005), son of comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Kellen Clay Roberts (b. 2011), son of Canadian-born television journalist John Roberts and American news anchor and reporter Kyra Phillips
Kellen McGregor, lead guitarist of American band Memphis May Fire

Pop Culture References for the name Kellen

Kellen Tavadon, character in the The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Kelen, Kelan, Kelin, Kelyn, Kellyn, Kellin, Kelon, Kellan, Kellon

Kellen's International Variations

Caolán (Irish Gaelic)


LavenderLullabies Says:


I prefer the slightly similar Killian, but Kellen is a lovely name for a boy.

ashbee Says:


It sounds very masculine yet soft to me. I think I'm reminded of that magical Irish film The Secret of Kells.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


That's a bit mean. Clearly, Kellen is popular for boys.

Hallie Says:


LOVE this name

caroblaise Says:


It's funny, since the only Kellen I know is a little girl. Kellen actually seems like a cool name for a guy.