What does Shelby mean?
Shelby \sh(el)-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.
Shelby has 1 masculine form: Selby.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity 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 Birth Statistics)
Popular variation forms of Shelby (#294 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Shelbi and Shelbie. These girl names were at the top of their popularity in 1992 (usage of 0.6523%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.2353%, down 63.9%), with the forms Shelbi and Shelbie becoming less in vogue. Shelby (#294) is the most contemporarily stylish girl name in this compilation. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Shelby and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)