Kelly

Kelly comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Ó Ceallaigh meaning “descendant of Ceallach”, Ceallach being an Irish given name of uncertain meaning though possible meanings attributed to it are “bright-headed” or perhaps coming from Irish ceallach “war, strife, contention” or Irish ceall meaning “church”. Kelly could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wooded area” and “grove, forest, woodland”.

Origin: Gaelic

Female forms:

  • Kelley
  • Kelli
  • Kellie
  • Kelleigh

 

Male forms:

  • Kelley
  • Ceallach (Irish)
  • Ceallagh (Irish)
  • Ceallachán (Irish)

 

Lennox

Lennox comes from a surname via a place name in Scotland meaning “place of the elms” or “elm field” from Gaelic Leamhnachd made up of Gaelic elements leamhan (elm) and the locational suffix ach (field), likely referring to a place near elm trees. It was first anglicized as Leuenaichs and later as Levanaux and Levenex before finally becomming Lennox.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lenox (English)
  • Lenix (English)
  • Lennix (English)

 

Douglas

Douglas is the Anglicized Scottish surname Dubhghlas meaning “dark river” or “dark stream” from Gaelic elements dubh (dark) and glais which means “river, stream” though it also means “green” . It comes from the name of a river in Scotland from which the clan Douglas derives its name.

Nicknames include Doug.

Variants:

  • Dubhghlas (Scottish)
  • Douglass (Scottish)

 

Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island located off of Scotland. Though there’s no certain etymology behind the name several theories have abounded such as possibly meaning “fairy rock”, or from Gaelic Creag Ealasaid meaning “Elizabeth’s rock”, Ealasaid being the Gaelic form of Elizabeth. Another theory I’ve seen is that it comes from Alfsigesey meaning “Alfsigr’s island”, Alfsigr derived from Old Norse meaning “elf victory” from alf (elf) and sigr (victory).

Origin: Gaelic, Old Norse