Meaning and Name Origin
Shelly \sh(el)-ly\ as a name for girls (also used as boys' name Shelly) means "ewe, female sheep; little rock; rest; sloped meadow". Shelly is a form of Rachel (Hebrew). Shelly is also a variation of Rochelle (French, Old German). Shelly is also used as a derivative of Shelley (Old English).
Shelly▼ has 34 more related variations via Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley: Rachael▼, Racheal▼, Rachelanne, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle▼, Rachil, Rae▼, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel▼, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Rashell, Rashelle, Ray▼, Raychel, Raychelle, Rechell, Roch, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Rochette, Roschella, Roschelle, Roshelle and Shell.
Shelly is a very popular first name for women (#294 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4711 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Shelly for girls. Shelly entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #115 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Shelly and related names. Popular varying forms of Shelly are Rachael, Racheal, Rachel (#155 the previous year), Rachelle, Rae, Raquel (#697), Ray, Rochelle, Shelley, Shelli and Shellie. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and have become significantly less widespread since, with forms such as Rachael, Raquel, Shelli, Shellie and Shelly falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shelly▼ is alike in pronunciation to Chella, Chelli, Sheela, Sheila▼, Sheilya, Shela, Shelia▼, Shella, Sheyla and Shilla. Other suggested similar baby names are Sally▼, Seely, Shelby▲, Shellby and Shelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelly.