Meaning:descendant of Ceallach
While it was the last name of Hollywood icons Grace and Gene, Kelly makes for a colorful first name that’s quintessentially Irish. Boys popularized the name first, but it’s since become a favorite for girls. It’s a happy, bouncy name that evokes fields of green, luck, and perky celebrities like singer Kelly Clarkson, TV host Kelly Ripa, and Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Other Irish girl names like Keira and Caitlin have jumped way ahead of Kelly in the polls, but that doesn’t diminish the name’s fresh appeal.

Famous Kellys

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  • Scott Kelly

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Source: Social Security Administration

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