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What does Shell mean?

Shell Pronunciation of Shell [shell] as a girls' name. Possibly short form of Michelle or Shelley, or from the object.


Shell has 5 variants: Chell, Chella, Chelle, Shella and Shelle.

Related girl names: Rachel and Rochelle.

8 more different relations via Michelle, Shelley: M'shell, Michell, Myshell, Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie and Shelly.

Creative forms:
(female) Ciaell, Ciall, ..

(male) Sheby, Shero, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shell Elora (S.E.), ..

How popular is Shell?

Shell is an unusual first name for females but a very prominent last name for all people (#2523 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Rachel (#167 from current records), Michelle (#192), Shellie, Shelli, Shelly, Rochelle, Michell and Shelley are the popular varying forms of Shell (not ranked). These relations of Shell reached the height of their popularity in the 1970s (usage of 3.7%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.2%, 93%), with versions such as Rachel falling out of fashion. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michell, Michelle, Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelli, Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michelle, Rachel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shell is pronounced similarly to Chel and Chele. Other suggested similar names are Adell, Bell, Dell, Joell, N'Shell, Nell, Noell, Odell, Seely, Sela, Shaela, Shanell, Sharell, She-, Shea, Sheba, Sheela, Sheila, Shela, Shelbi, Shelby, Shelia, Shellby, Shelom, Shena, Shene, Shenell, Sher, Shera, Sherell, Sheri, Sheril, Sherill, Sherli, Shery, Sheryl, Sheryll, Sheva, Sheyla, Shiela, Shila, Shilla, Shilo, Shirell, Shirl, Shula, Shyla, Shylo, Sibell, Sorell, Stela, Stella, Stelle, Suelo and Sydell. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shell.

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