Would you name a boy this..?

(60 Posts)
AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 20:31:11

As in Irish surname, as in Kelly Jones of Stereophonics.

Would you?

No. Sorry.

Bowlersarm Sat 30-Nov-13 20:33:14


HoratiaDrelincourt Sat 30-Nov-13 20:33:19

Not unless I was Irish. This side of the water it is definitely just for girls.

HandragsNGladbags Sat 30-Nov-13 20:33:19


bundaberg Sat 30-Nov-13 20:34:14

i wouldn't personally because I don't particularly like the name,

wouldn't bat an eyelid if someone else did though. i went to school with a boy called Kelly (S.E england here)

shazbean Sat 30-Nov-13 20:35:32

I really like it but I don't think I would.
It might be cool when he's older but imagine the stick he'd get growing up.

Trifle Sat 30-Nov-13 20:38:55

Don't the Irish have a knack of taking simple names and spelling them in a ridiculous way. Surely Kelly would be spelt Kelighah or something equally unpronounceable. Aside from that, no.

RandomMess Sat 30-Nov-13 20:40:25

My male cousin is called Kelly - too me a long long tiime to accept it's more commonly a girls name!

zippey Sat 30-Nov-13 20:50:41

Its fine, something alternative but classy.

Vatta Sat 30-Nov-13 20:57:41


And before you do, you should listen to "A boy named sue".

Weeantwee Sat 30-Nov-13 20:59:20

There's a very lovely Scottish rugby player called Kelly Brown grin but I wouldn't use the name personally.

Rosencrantz Sat 30-Nov-13 21:02:30

Nope, but I wouldn't name a girl Kelly either. Dreadful name.

OnetimeNamechange Sat 30-Nov-13 21:04:17

Yes. My husband is called Kerry and it suits him down to the ground!

everlong Sat 30-Nov-13 21:21:07


Although I do fancy KJ!

AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 21:25:01

I'm not pg. just a hypothetical argument. I think it's a fab name if you're cool enough to carry it off - as Kelly jones is. Growing up mind you, you may have to put up with a with a bit of p taking.
Maybe I should ask Kelly jobs how he got on as a kid? grin

AuntPittypat Sat 30-Nov-13 21:32:43

I actually like it. I think of Kelly Slater, the surfer guy who I fancied like mad as a teenager, I think he was also on Baywatch for a bit. I definitely see it as equally a male or female name and would assume a male Kelly was a bit cool!

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sat 30-Nov-13 21:34:09

I only met one Kelly and he was a he.

Merel Sat 30-Nov-13 21:40:54

I quite like it actually. I suppose I do consider it more of a girls name, but I think on a girl it sounds a bit... (hate to say it) common? For a boy I think it works better somehow, probably because it is more unusual.

Funny how a boy with a 'girls' name is a bit risky, but a girl with a 'boys' name is cute (think Billie, Sam, Charlie etc)

BusyLittleSpider Sat 30-Nov-13 21:41:00

No, I wouldn't personally.

But then I'm not fond of unisex names full stop.

nooka Sat 30-Nov-13 21:55:11

It's not a name I like, so no I'd not use it but I do know a guy called Kelly and no one seems to bat an eyelid about it.

mathanxiety Sat 30-Nov-13 22:10:28

Don't the Irish have a knack of taking simple names and spelling them in a ridiculous way. Surely Kelly would be spelt Kelighah or something equally unpronounceable. Aside from that, no.

Bejapers, and what the actual fuck?

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 30-Nov-13 22:18:33

I bet you think Spanish is English with O added on the end too trifle ?
I do like Kelly for a boy better than a girl .

mathanxiety Sat 30-Nov-13 22:23:09

Here's where I take issue with that ^^.

The original name, O Ceallaigh, was misspelled by the English as Kelly, or O'Kelly, or Kelley or O'Kelley. I myself have some 'O'Kelley' ancestors.

The letters K and Y are not part of the Irish alphabet, so to anyone who spoke Irish back in the day when language change was being imposed on Ireland, the name became unrecognisable and maybe even unpronounceable. The accent from the O was removed and the two separate parts, O and Ceallaigh, mashed together to form a nonsense spelling even from an English pov if the O' was retained, as an apostrophe has a certain role in English that it does not play in the name O'Kelly or O'Kelley.

So in actual fact it is from an Irish pov a case of the English taking a perfectly simple name (it obeys all Irish orthographic and pronunciation rules and Irish orthography is far simpler than English orthography) and turning it into something completely foreign.

Irish orthographic and pronunciation rules differ from English in many respects (because they are different languages, duh), not least of which is their simplicity.

nickelbabe Sat 30-Nov-13 22:23:47

I like Kelly.

I personally wouldn't because it's not on my list (yes, i have a list that covers 3 boys and 3 girls. including middle names)
but I think it's a nice name.
if someone introduced their son Kelly, I would think "I like that name" not "eh? it's definitely a boy, right?"

mathanxiety Sat 30-Nov-13 22:24:48

Ironic, innit?

nickelbabe Sat 30-Nov-13 22:26:22

oh, and I would assume welsh, not irish, because I know a couple keri/kerry s who are welsh and I think it looks similar

TeamEdward Sat 30-Nov-13 22:28:20

I'd name a boy Kelly, but not a girl.

lookingforlife Sat 30-Nov-13 22:31:08

Don't the Irish have a knack of taking simple names and spelling them in a ridiculous way. Surely Kelly would be spelt Kelighah or something equally unpronounceable. Aside from that, no.

Really? What a ridiculous thing to say.

i dont particularly like the name for a boy or girl, but dislike the ignorant racist comments about irish spelling more.

SaucyJack Sat 30-Nov-13 22:47:50

No. Not least because it would remind me of that talentless droning dickhead from The Stereophonics.

Kelly Severide in Chicago Fire pulls it off.

And Scottish rugby player Kelly Brown is the nicest man you could ever meet. A genuine gent.

AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 22:57:45

I'm liking the posters who are misreading it as Kerry grin

MrsOakenshield Sat 30-Nov-13 23:00:35

I agree that I prefer it as a boy's name than a girl's, the only Kelly I have known was a bloke.

AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 23:01:36

I've never met a male Kelly in rl
Forgot about Kelly slater too

Inkspellme Sat 30-Nov-13 23:03:31

Thanks for the post explaining the basis of where Kelly came from in the Irish Language.

As regards the insulting comments about the Irish using ridiculus spellings - well, I'm just grateful I'm not that ignorant about my neighbouring countries language and traditions.

AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 23:05:18

I know! I'm welsh and also get affronted by language mockery

CelticPromise Sat 30-Nov-13 23:08:08

There's no K in Welsh either. Nickel you must be thinking of Ceri. I know male and female Ceris.

CelticPromise Sat 30-Nov-13 23:08:10

There's no K in Welsh either. Nickel you must be thinking of Ceri. I know male and female Ceris.

Soldierskittle Sat 30-Nov-13 23:11:59

Kelly slater. Yum


I know a male Kelly, always assumed that he's a she when talking about him.
Even if someone says something to me about him I automatically think through the females first.

weirdthing Sat 30-Nov-13 23:16:25

Kerry would be nice for a boy, I think.

thenicknameiwantedisgone Sat 30-Nov-13 23:27:05

I wouldn't, no.

I know a Kelly jones and she is definitely female!

lottiegarbanzo Sat 30-Nov-13 23:48:25

The first Kelly I knew was a female Labrador and it's the doggyness more than the sex that comes instantly to mind and would put me off!

Tigerbomb Sun 01-Dec-13 00:05:22

I thought it was a girls name. Didn't realise it could be a boys name too. It didn't sound too bad and then I remembered this www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7D3GPKNcSI

squoosh Sun 01-Dec-13 03:11:32

'Don't the Irish have a knack of taking simple names and spelling them in a ridiculous way. Surely Kelly would be spelt Kelighah or something equally unpronounceable. Aside from that, no.'

No, we don't take 'simple' names and spell them in a ridiculous way, we spell Irish names in an IRISH way. You know, because it's a different language? The world does not revolve around the English language you ignorant fool.

Sunnysummer Sun 01-Dec-13 04:19:44

Only if DH and I were both very strong, very good fighters and/or very attractive, and very confident that our son would be the same. Otherwise, no.

Trooperslane Sun 01-Dec-13 04:56:27

Trifle - the Irish spell their names in IRISH, not a ridiculous way. Bloody cheek.

perfectstorm Sun 01-Dec-13 05:18:16

Trifle, please tell me you're making a joke which backfired - you don't seriously think God is an Englishman and all those silly foreigners talk weirdly because they're showoffs, do you? confused

mathanxiety Sun 01-Dec-13 05:21:25

Another thing accomplished by changing O Ceallaigh to Kelly or O'Kelly, etc., was that the feminine form of the name -- ni Cheallaigh -- was eliminated altogether.

SpecialAgentFreyPie Sun 01-Dec-13 05:25:00

I like it a lot. smile

MistleToastyStoHoHoat Sun 01-Dec-13 09:09:00

Mmm Kelly Jones <<slobber>> he's yum. Love his voice! I like Kelly or indeed Kerry for a boy, more than I like them for girls.

baskingseals Sun 01-Dec-13 09:18:41

Math, how would the feminine version be pronounced?

I worked with a lovely lovely guy called Kelly, and one of my closest girlfriends is a Kelly, so for me it is a universal name.

Kelly for a boy would also make me think of Chicago Fire and the lovely Kelly Savaride, but that would be a fleeting connection - but a strong, heroic, fireman connection…..

nickelbabe Sun 01-Dec-13 14:49:44

celtic I know there's no k in welsh either, but the keri/kerrys I know are definitely from wales and definitely spelt with a k.
it's all that anglicization.
the only person i know who has a c spelling is a cian and is definitely irish.

LittleBairn Sun 01-Dec-13 15:00:55

I really dislike the name Kelly I've known a few female Kellys growing up in Glasgow its considered outdated now.

mathanxiety Sun 01-Dec-13 20:20:50

nee kh-YAHL-ih

The kh sound is like the ch sound of the Scottish 'loch'
The rest is kind of like 'yalley' but with a shorter final vowel sound than 'alley'

grizzabellia Sun 01-Dec-13 20:24:50

I wouldn't - know a guy called Tracy and it always seems v strange. He must spend his entire life with people being surprised he is not a woman. I think Kelly would have a similar issue. Also don't like the name much, very eighties and as someone said a bit 'common'.

Annakin31 Wed 04-Dec-13 04:42:11

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