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What does Shelby mean?

Shelby /shel-by/ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Shelby) is pronounced SHEL-bee. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Shelby is "willow; from the ledge estate". English surname used as a given name for girls and occasionally for boys.

Associated with: norse, willow (tree), surname


Shelby has 7 variants: Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie and Shellby.

Shelby has 1 masculine form: Selby.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Shelmy, Stelby, ..

(male) Shelen, Shelph, ..

How popular is Shelby?

Shelby is a very popular first name for females (#519 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#2826 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Shelby for girls. Shelby was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #33 in the U.S. in 1991, and is at #294 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Popular variation forms of Shelby (#294 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000 are Shelbey, Shelbi and Shelbie. These relations of Shelby were at the top of their popularity 23 years ago (usage of 0.73%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.06%, 91.4%), with forms such as Shelbi becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelby, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Chelcy, Chelsy, Kelby, Pheby, Seely, Selbea (see Selby), Selbee, Selbey, Selbie, Selby, Shalva, Sheba, Sheeba, Shela, Shelia, Shell, Shella, Shelle, Shelley, Shelli, Shelly, Shelom, Sheray, Sherey, Sherry, Shery and Silvy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelby.