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QUICK FACTS ON Kelly

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Popularity: 60
  • Simple Meaning: Churchgoer, or Bright-headed

CHARACTERISTICS OF Kelly

Diplomat
Peacemaker
Patient
Unselfish
Fair

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PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON NAMED Kelly

If your name is Kelly, you are natural diplomat and peacemaker. Your life is all about cooperation and balance, and you use your quick and clever mind along with your expressive nature in order to negotiate among competing interests—both in your life and among others with differences of opinion. Harmony is an important key to your life, and you do whatever it takes to achieve a good and fair outcome. As a result, you are willing to give up personal glory and power in order benefit the larger whole. You display inordinate amounts of patience and down-to-earth charm. You are calm, cool, and collected in just about every situation. When you find that you are in need of renewal, you find that inspiration and revitalization in nature. And you are always working to make the world a better place.

Of course, the peacemaking position that your talents and qualities lead you to occupy is not an easy one. And it’s important to remember that it’s not all up to you alone. You can depend on others to help and support you, and they are more than willing to. You are always willing to reach out to lend a helping hand. Don’t forget to sometimes accept one!

HISTORICAL ORIGIN – Kelly

The name Kelly starts with an old Irish boys’ name Ceallach, which comes from the Old Irish “ceall” meaning “church.” Another theory is that Ceallach comes from an older word meaning “bright-headed” or “red-headed.” Ceallach and the surname evolved from it O Ceallaigh eventually led to the Anglicized form Kelly as a surname and then to its use as a girls’ first name.

POPULARITY OF THE NAME Kelly

Kelly in the United States started as a boys’ name, and showed up on the popularity charts as early as 1880, when the US government started keeping track of such things. But in 1944, the name hit the popularity chart for girls, and it actually became more popular for girls than for boys in 1957. It is now almost exclusively a girls’ name. Kelly hit its peak popularity for girls in the 1970s and 80s, and achieved its ultimate popularity in 1977, when it was the #10 most popular name for baby girls born in the United States.

FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED Kelly

There are two celebrities with the last name Kelly that are so iconic that they need to be mentioned: actor and dancer Gene Kelly and actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. Famous first-name Kellys include the famous singer who got her start on American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, actress/tv personality Kelly Ripa, model and actress Kelly Lebrock, and actress and wife of superstar John Travolta, Kelly Preston.

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