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 (#2532 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Shelley and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Shelley appearing in the Top 1000 are Rachel (#155 in 2014), Michelle (#187), Sheryl, Shirlee, Shelly, Shirley, Shirlene, Shelli, Mechelle, Rochelle, Machelle and Shellie. This girl name reached the height of its popularity during the years 1960-1969 and has become much less popular since, with forms like Sheryl, Shirlee, Shirlene, Shirley and Shelly falling out of fashion. Michelle (#187) is the most chic name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)