Meaning and name origin
Shelley \sh(el)-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#354 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2532 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shelley for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shelley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rachel (#155), Michelle (#187), Shelly, Shirley, Shellie, Shelli, Shelley and Rochelle. (2014 statistics).