What does Shelley mean?
Shelley \sh(el)-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.
Shelley▼ has 26 more alternative forms via Michelle, Rochelle, Shirley: Chelle, M'chelle, Machelle, Mashelle, Mechelle▼, Mishelle, Mychelle, Roshelle, Shell, Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Sherrlie, Sheryl▼, Shirell, Shirelle, Shirely, Shirl, Shirlea, Shirlee▼, Shirleen, Shirlene▼, Shirlley, Shirly, Shirlyn and Shurlee.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Shelley for girls. Shelley was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #155 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Shelley and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Shelley are Rachel (#155 in 2014), Michelle (#187), Sheryl, Shirlee, Shelly, Shirley, Shirlene, Shelli, Mechelle, Rochelle, Machelle and Shellie. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5586%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.1275%, down 77.2%), with forms like Mechelle, Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie and Shelli falling out of fashion. Michelle (#187) is the most chic name for newborns here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)