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See also: kelly


Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɛli/
  • Rhymes: -ɛli
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname, Anglicised from the Irish Ó Ceallaigh.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular from the 1960s to the 1990s.


  • 1867 Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald, The Life of David Garrick, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1899, page 319
    A better and more straightforward appeal, though less cool, was made to him by Hugh Kelly, - - - The play was so successful, and Garrick said so much of it that Lord Pembroke was eager to be back from Paris to see it, though he said, with true aristocratic pride, that he could expect very little from such a name as "Kelly", especially if there be an "O'" before it.
  • 1986 Daphne Merkin, Enchantment, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986, →ISBN, page 207
    On the walls of the salon are blown-up photos of models with dazzling teeth and ingeniously tousled hair - women with names like Kelly and Dawn, who come from tiny towns in Texas and Washington, who are tall and thin, and who don't appear to be burdened by any pasts to speak of.

Derived terms[edit]



Borrowed from English Kelly.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɛ.li/
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  • Hyphenation: Kel‧ly

Proper noun[edit]

Kelly f

  1. A unisex given name.