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Shea (girl)

What does Shea mean?

Shea Pronunciation of Shea [shea] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Shea) is pronounced shay. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shea is "admirable". Also possibly (Irish, Gaelic) "from the fairy fort". Basketball player Shea Ralph.

Associated with: gaelic, fairy.


Shea has 8 variants: Shae, Shaelee, Shay, Shayda, Shaye, Shayla, Shaylee and Shaylyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Shaea, She, ..

(male) Shean, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shea Laiyah (S.L.), ..

How popular is Shea?

Shea is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2270 out of 4276, Top 53%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#990 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shea was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest rank of #698 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #1276 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shea name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shea outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Shayla (#800 from recent data), Shay (#1373), Shaylee (#1388), Shae (#1671), Shaye and Shaylyn are the prominent varying forms of Shea (#1276 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Shea reached its highest in 1999 (usage of 0.1%) and has become much lower since, with the version Shayla becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shea, Shae, Shay, Shaye, Shayla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaylee, Shaylyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shea and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shea is alike in pronunciation to Cha-, Chaya, Sha-, Shaya, She- and Xia. Other recommended names are Alea, Bea, Beea, Brea, Clea, Dea, Drea, Klea, Lea, Nea, Rhea, Saba, Sahra, Sara, Sasa, Scheba, Sean, Seema, Sela, Sena, Sera, Shaela, Shaena, Shaka, Shan, Shara, Sheba, Shebah, Sheeba, Sheela, Sheena, Sheera, Sheina, Shela, Shelia, Shella, Shena, Shene, Sher, Shera, Sheraa, Sherah, Sherai, Sheran, Sheray, Sheri, Sheria, Shery, Sheva, Sheyla, Shieba, Shiela, Shila, Shira, Shona, Shura, Shyla, Shyra, Siera, Sima, Sina, Soma, Stefa, Stepa, Sue, Sula, Syma, Tea and Thea. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shea.

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