Meaning and name origin
Shelby \sh(el)-by\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Shelby: Selby.
Shelby is a very popular first name for females (#519 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2637 out of 88799, Top 3%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shelby for girls. Shelby reached its highest rank of #33 in the U.S. in 1991 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shelby and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shelby (#294), Shelbie and Shelbi. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).