Meaning and name origin
Shelly \sh(el)-ly\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Shelly), is of Hebrew, French, Old German and Old English origin, and the meaning of Shelly is "ewe, female sheep; little rock; rest; sloped meadow". Shelly is a variant of Rachel (Hebrew); biblical: Jacob's wife, described as being "beautiful in form and countenance". Also a variant of Rochelle (French, Old German): may be based on the French place name of La Rochelle. Shelly is also used as a variant of Shelley (Old English).
Shelly is a very popular first name for females (#294 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4711 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shelly for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shelly and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rachel (#155), Rochelle, Shelley, Shellie, Shelli and Shelly. (2014 statistics).
Shelly is also pronounced similarly to Chella, Chelli, Sheela, Sheila, Sheilya, Shela, Shelia, Shella, Sheyla and Shilla. Other suggested similar baby names are Sally, Seely, Shelby, Shell, Shellby and Shelle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shelly.