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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 has 5 variant forms: Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie and Shelly.

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


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).

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

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

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).

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

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

Similar Names

Shelley is also pronounced similarly to Shella. Other suggested similar baby names are Salley, Shelbey, Shellby and Shelle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shelley.