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Would you name a boy this..?

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AuntieBrenda Sat 30-Nov-13 20:31:11

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

Would you?

AryaofhouseSnark Sat 30-Nov-13 20:32:44

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

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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?"

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