Kelly Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant of Ceallach’, an ancient Irish personal name, originally a byname meaning ‘bright-headed’, later understood as ‘frequenting churches’ (Irish ceall). There are several early Irish saints who bore this name. Kelly is now the most common of all Irish family names in Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kielty, Keady, Delay, Pelly, Reilly, Keary, Kell, Lello, Kelley

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Kelly Family Origin

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Kelly Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    7%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Tailor

    2%

In 1881, the most common Kelly occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of Kelly's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Kelly family was Tailor. Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kelly.

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Kelly Historical Records

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Kelly Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, Kelly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kelly in 1940 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kelly

Famous Kelly Family

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Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
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Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
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Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)

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Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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