What does Shea mean?
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.
(female) She, Sheiea, ..
(male) Sheaer, Shean, ..
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)
Shown below is the baby name statistics of Shea for girls. Shea was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest rank of #698 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #1183 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Shea and associated names. Shayla (#746 from recent data), Shaylee (#1444), Shay (#1575), Shae (#1993), Shaye and Shaylyn are the prominent varying forms of Shea (#1183 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.
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.