Keli is a baby girl’s name of English and Irish origin meaning “bright-headed”, “war, strife”, and “church”. Keli is a feminine variant spelling of Kelly. Keli was popular briefly in the mid 1960s and 1970s.

Meaning of the name Keli:

English, Irish: bright-headed, war, strife, church

Origin of the name Keli:

Kel is an English baby girl’s name that means “bright-headed”, “war, strife”, and “church”. Keli comes from Kelly which is the Anglicized form of the Irish given name Ceallach. Possibly derives from Old Irish “ceallach” meaning “war, strife” or “ceall” meaning “church”.

Symbolism of the name Keli:

Keli is a name that is ripe with symbolism. Symbols associated with war would include weapons like swords, spears, and shields. On the other hand, symbols like the cross, candles, and beautiful stained glass are associated with churches.

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Gender of the name Keli:

Keli is a girl's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Keli:


Number of syllables in the name Keli:


Emotion evoked from the name Keli:

Keli evokes feelings of intelligence and beauty.

Alternative spellings for the name Keli:

Kellie, Kelli, Kelly, Kelley

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Popularity of the name Keli:

According to the Social Security Administration, Keli is a popular baby girl’s name. Keli was in the top 1000 baby names in eight years between 1965 and 1981.

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Famous people with the name Keli:

  • Keli Goff (American journalist, playwright and screenwriter)
  • Tynisha Keli Soares (American R&B singer)
  • Keli Price (American actor and film producer)
  • Keli McGregor (American football player)

Keli in popular culture:

  • Keli (film, “Keli”)
  • Keli the Lioness (video games, “Sonic the Hedgehog” series)
  • Princess Keli (literature, “Discworld” by Terry Pratchett)