Meaning and Name Origin
Shea \shea\ as a girls' name (also used 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.
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 (#1001 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Shea for girls. Shea was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its highest rank of #698 in the U.S. in 1997, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Shea and associated names. Shayla (#746 last year), Shaylee and Shae are the prominent varying forms of Shea listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its highest in 1998 and has become much lower since, with the versions Shayla, Shaylee and Shea becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shea▼ is alike in pronunciation to Sha-, Shaya and She-. Other recommended similar baby names are Rhea▼, Sheba, Shela, Shena, Sher, Shera, Sheva, Sue▼ and Thea▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shea.