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Shelly (girl)

What does Shelly mean?

Shelly Pronunciation of Shelly [shelly] as a name for girls (also used as boys' name Shelly) is a Hebrew and Old English name, and the name Shelly means "ewe, female sheep; little rock; rest; sloped meadow". Shelly is an alternate form of Rachel (Hebrew). Biblical: Jacob's wife. Shelly is also a variation of Rochelle (French, Old German). Shelly is also used as a derivative of Shelley (Old English).

Associated with: old english, little, rock, meadow.


Shelly has 4 variants: Schelley, Shellee, Shelli and Shellie.

1 more relation via Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley: Shell.

Creative forms:
(female) Shayly, Shily, ..

(male) Shelan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shelly Lara (S.L.), ..

How popular is Shelly?

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 (#5848 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shelly entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex position of #112 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelly name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Shelly rated in the Top 2000 are Rachel (#167 from current records), Rochelle, Shelley, Shelli and Shellie. These forms of Shelly were popular with parents 4 decades ago (average #638) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1694, 91%), with forms such as Shelly becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelly, Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley, Shelli, Shellie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shelly is alike in pronunciation to Chella, Chelli, Shaela, Shaila, Shaili, Shalaya, Shalee, Shalia, Shayla, Sheela, Sheila, Sheilah, Sheilia, Sheilya, Shelia, Shella, Shiela, Shila, Shilea, Shilla, Shilo, Shula, Shyla, Shylo and Shyloh. Other suggested similar names are Chelcy, Chell, Chelle, Chelsy, Delly, Emelly, Joelly, Kelly, Melly, Nelly, Philly, Salley, Salli, Sally, Seelia, Seelie, Seely, Seila, Sela, Selby, Selia, Selie, Seula, Shanelly, Sharly, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelby, Shellby, Shelle, Shelom, Sheray, Sherey, Sherli, Sherry, Shery, Shirly, Soulle, Stella, Stelle and Suelo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelly.

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