Female, K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


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.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Kelsi (English)
  • Kelsee (English)
  • Kelsea (English)
  • Kelci (English)
  • Kelcey (English)
  • Kelsie (English)



1 thought on “Kelsey”

  1. I’m usually not a big fan of unisex -ey names, but Kelsey is one of the exceptions, and I even like all of its forms even though they seem a bit on the kre8tiv side. Same with Chelsea. It’s also one of the few unisex names that I like and on both sexes, though much more I like it on girls and it’s a bit easier to imagine. Anyways, I think overall it’s very nice name, even though not entirely my style. It also reminds me about Kelly which I like too.


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