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Quick Facts on Kelsey

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 306
Simple meaning:
Ship's victory

Characteristics of Kelsey

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kelsey

The name Kelsey is the transferred use of an English surname originating from the masculine personal name Cēolsige from the Olde English elements “cēol” (ship) and “sige” (victory). The first recorded spelling of the name, Keleseye, was from Lincolnshire in the 13th century; although the original personal name dates back to pre 7th century England. There are towns in Lincolnshire named Kelsey to this day, located in northeastern England near the Scottish border. It is most likely that the personal name was given to a skillful shipman that sailed this coast off the North Sea or at least one who was involved in ship-building. Kelsey as a given name has been used for both males and females, so we’d consider it unisex.

Popularity of the Name Kelsey

The name Kelsey first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1970 for boys and 1977 for girls. Within one year of her debut, Kelsey for girls overtook her male counterpart in terms of popularity. It eventually would become such a popular name for little girls that American parents began to lose interest in the name for boys. It was basically emasculated as a male name. The year 1996 marks the last year that Kelsey showed up on the charts as a boy’s name. Kelsey is now almost exclusively a female name. It only took Kelsey 10 years to achieve a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1987. But she wasn’t ready to stop there. The height of Kelsey’s popularity for little girls was in 1992 when the name ranked 23rd most popular girl’s name in America. Her day in the sun was mainly between the late 1980s throughout the 1990s. As we’ve entered this new century, the name Kelsey may just stay behind. Her usage in the late 20th century was so fast and furious; the name became an over-used trend. It appears as if American parents may be tiring of it. Regardless, it has a few things going for it: one, it’s an ever-popular K name; two, it’s part of the Last Names First trend; three, it has that darling “ee” sounding suffix that’s all the rage (Kayley, Karley, Kennedy, Kenzie, Kinley, Khloe, Kylie). Actually, come to think of it, maybe these names are becoming a little kitschy. After the letter A, K is the most common first letter of female names. It you’re trying to be different, open your mind to some other ideas. Although if you think you have a little future sailor on your hands, then by all means, Kelsey is a fantastic choice!
Popularity of the Girl Name Kelsey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kelsey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kelsey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kelsey

    Kelsey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kelsey.

  • Popular Songs on Kelsey

    Popular Songs on Kelsey

    Kelsey - a song by Metro Station

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kelsey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kelsey

    Kelsey & Seattle (Barbara Oakley McNamee) - Everyone knows what it feels like to be left out. Kelsey, a caterpillar who spends her time trying to find friends, is constantly being hurt and rejected because the other insects taunt her and call her ugly. As she searches for her true identity, she meets Seattle, a beautiful, compassionate swan who explains to her that true beauty comes from the inside. Still unsure if she has anything to offer the world, Kelsey loses control over her body and is confused by the chaotic situation. Will this "ugly duckling" ever feel good about herself? Will Seattle leave her and call her ugly, just like everyone else? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Kelsey's K Book (J. L. Mazzeo) - The My Letter Library series is a lively, interactive way to introduce young children to the alphabet. Each of the twenty-six books in this unique series focuses on an individual letter - both capital and small. Minimal, fun text and cuddly objects beginning with that letter appear in the child's world - whether at home, on a street, or at a picnic. The youngster is then invited to look around and find objects starting with that same letter for themselves. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Kelsey

    Famous People Named Kelsey

    Famous People Named Kelsey - Kelsey Grammer (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kelsey

    Children of Famous People Named Kelsey

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kelsey - Gabrielle Carteris (actress); Kelly McGillis (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Kelsey - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kelsey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kelsey.

Personality of the Girl Name Kelsey

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Kelsey

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