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What does Shelley mean?

Shelley Pronunciation of Shelley [shel-ley] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Shelley) is pronounced SHEL-ee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Shelley is "sloped meadow". Place name. Used as a short form of names like Michelle, Rochelle, and Shirley. Made famous by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Actresses Shelley Long, Shelley Duvall, Shelley Winters.

Associated with: old english, meadow.


Shelley has 5 variants: Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie and Shelly.

Affiliated girl names: Shell and Rachel.

11 more alternative forms via Michelle, Rochelle, Shirley: Chelle, Shell, Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Shirelle, Shirlea, Shirlee, Shirlley, Shirly and Shurlee.

Creative forms:
(female) Sheeley, Shyley, ..

(male) Shelef, Sheller, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shelley Jaylen (S.J.), ..

How popular is Shelley?

Shelley is a very popular first name for females (#354 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2373 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shelley was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #155 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Shelley are Rachel (#167 in 2015), Michelle (#192), Shirley (#1307), Shirlee, Shirly, Shelly, Shelli, Rochelle and Shellie. These relations of Shelley were favored as baby names 45 years ago (usage of 3.7%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.2%, 93%).

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shellie, Shelly, Shirlee, Shirley, Shirly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shelley is alike in pronunciation to Chella, Chelli, Chellie, Shaelee, Shalee, Shaylee, Sheela, Sheelah, Sheila, Sheilah, Sheilia, Sheilya, Shela, Shelagh, Shelia, Shella, Sheyla, Shilea and Shilla. Other suggested similar names are Adalley, Bailley, Chelsey, Chesley, Danelley, Dolley, Haeley, Kaeley, Kalley, Keeley, Kelcey, Kelley, Keyley, Lesley, Molley, Nelley, Nelsey, Perley, Polley, Sallee, Salley, Sally, Seelie, Seely, Selbea (see Selby), Selbey, Selby, Selie, Semelle, Shandey, Shanelly, Shaney, Sharelle, Sharlet, Sheileen, Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbey, Shelby, Shellby, Shelle, Shenelle, Sheray, Sherey, Sherie, Sherlene, Sherrey, Sheryle, Shonelle, Shynelle, Sibelle, Soulle, Stelle, Suellen, Sybelle and Yolley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelley.

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