Gilroy

Gilroy comes from a surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Ruaidh meaning “son of the red-haired youth” or it could be derived from Mac Giolla Rí meaning “son of the king’s servant”.

Origin: Gaelic

 

 

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)

 

Russ

Russ is a short form of Russell, an English male name which comes from a surname meaning “little red one” from Old French rousel. It was originally given as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a reddish complexion.

Russ is also an archaic word for Russian.

Origin: Old French

Variants:

  • Russell (English)
  • Russel (English)
  • Rusty (English)
  • Russett (English; unisex)

 

Kiera

Kiera is a variant spelling of Kira which is also another spelling of Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar, an Irish masculine name meaning “black”, referring to someone who had black hair or had a darker complexion.

Origin: Irish

Variants:

  • Kira
  • Ciara
  • Kiara
  • Kiarra
  • Keara
  • Kyra