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

For more information, see also related girl names Shell and Rachel.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shelley name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Machelle, Mechelle, Michelle, Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley, Shelli, Shellie, Shelly, Sheryl in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shirlee, Shirlene, Shirley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shelley is alike in pronunciation to Shella. Other suggested similar baby names are Salley, Shelbey, Shellby and Shelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelley.