Kelsey comes from an English surname via a place name, the name of several towns in Lincolnshire, England. The meaning of the name seems to be uncertain as I’ve seen two different meanings for it:
- the first is that it could mean “Ceol’s island”, made up from Old English elements ceol (ship) and eg (island);
- I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “Cenel’s island”, Cenel coming from Old English cene meaning “bold; fierce, brave”.
Although I imagine this name is overwhelming more popular for girls, I always think of the actor Kelsey Grammer which is why I tend to see it as a unisex name.
- Kelsi (English)
- Kelsee (English)
- Kelsea (English)
- Kelci (English)
- Kelcey (English)
- Kelsie (English)