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#1 of 112 Old 06-13-2008, 10:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I need some opinions!

Tell me about the name Kelly.

Is it always a girl's name?

Is it appropriate for a boy's name?

Do you know any boys/men named Kelly?

In Gaelic, it means "warrior, defender". Does knowing this make it more masculine and more acceptable as a boy's name if you are in the camp that thinks it's strictly a girl's name?

Edited to add, please ask your male partners or dh's their opinion. I am particularily interested in the male perspective.

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I adore Kelly for men. I've known a few men named Kelly and they've always been really cool.
There was a guy in High School named Kelly was one of the popular kids.
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I know a man named Kelly. I think it's fits him. I do, honestly, think of it typically as a girls name, but I think is only because I've known more female Kellys. So, say a "Kelly Smith" sent me a letter, I would most likely assume it is a girl until further notice. But that is just because of my experiences. Sort of like Ashley. I've known a male Ashley, but I've known far more female Ashleys.

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There were two dance instructors at a community art's league, one male and one female. One was named Leslie and the other Kelly. I always had a hard time remembering which one was the male and which was the female.

I've known more female Kellys so that would be my first assumption but I wouldn't be phased by it being a boy's name.

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My name is Kelly, and I've also known male Kellys. I think that this really is a name that works equally as well for both girls and boys.
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Keep the opinions coming. and please ask your male partners and dh's about their opinion on the name too please. I'll edit my OP to ask this.

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Yep, I know a guy named Kelly. He graduated with me.
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My Mothers Cousin, who I call my Uncle's name is Kelly, so I can definitely identify with it as a male name. I like it.

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I know a male Kelly. It is a great guys name.
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I know 2 male Kellys right now and went to school w/ 1 female kelly and my mom had a female kelly in her daycare.

I think of it as an either/or name.

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I know a male Kelly. I think it's a cool name for a male.

I have known female Kellys (Kellies?) too...didn't like them much, though.

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Eleven replies, this is good. You folks get this thread to 100 replies and I'll explain the situation!

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Love the name Kelly for a boy! Can't get much cooler than Kelly Slater

eta...my dh idolizes Kelly Slater, lol, so he thinks it is a great name for a boy, too
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I like the name Kelly better for a boy than for a girl.

I asked DH, here's the conversation

me: Hey hon, can a boy be named Kelly?
DH: no
me: Not ever?
DH: no. . .Come'er son, Kelly? no

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Some extra opinions.

We're visiting my Mom now and she says: Male and female!
Dh says: For boys.

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I say it's gender neutral. I've known more guys than girls named Kelly. I prefer it for boys, but I've known enough girls for me to not assume. Two of dh's frat brothers were Kellys.
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Is it always a girl's name?

Is it appropriate for a boy's name?

Do you know any boys/men named Kelly?

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No,

Yes

Yes, one of my husband's good friends is named Kelly. In fact, I don't actually know (in real life) a girl named Kelly. It seems to be a Southern thing, though (Kelly is from Carolina..I think North). I also dated a guy named Shannon (from Louisiana).

As to the "warrior, defender" part, our Kelly is a soldier (he was in the 82nd with my husband), so, I guess it's a propos.
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Well, I am a bit biased as that is my name but I think it is a great boy's name. My XH had a childhood friend named Kelly and I like it because you do not hear it commonly today.

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I also like it for a boy, but having named a boy one of those could be either names, I don't recommend taking it lightly. Sometimes I wonder if he is going to hate his name, although as he gets older I'm less concerned as he seems to like it.
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To me it's a girl's name, DH is at work so I can't ask him, but I'm pretty sure he'd agree.

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oh and you should add a poll

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I like it for a boy but for a girl it seems kind of dated to me.
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I really like it for a boy.
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We have a boy cat named Kelly. But we have an Irish last names theme for our cats' names. But obviously, we think it works for a boy, too.
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I have an Uncle Kelly. Short for Kelvin. I always think boy first.
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I know a lot of guys named Kelly, but no girls.

I'm definetely a guy, and Kelly is a guy's name.
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I've only known it as a girls name (or a surname) so I'm biased. I recognise it as a boys name originally but unfortunately like many other boys names (Courtney, Ashley, Lynn etc) has jumped to the opposite gender.
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I don't know any guys named Kelly, so I personally don't really associate it as a boys' name, but I would have no problem with a boy named Kelly. It wouldn't make me uncomfortable or anything. I would think of him as a girl at first, though, if I didn't see him and was introduced, but it sounds good as a boys' name.

DP doesn't think of it as a boys' name, though, at all.
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It's a great name for men or women. I've known both, and I actually really like it as a man's name.

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My husband says its a boys name, he knew a few boys named Kelly while growing up.
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