Meaning and Name Origin
Shea \shea\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Shea) is pronounced shay. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shea is "admirable". From Seaghdha. Also possibly "from the fairy fort". Surname occasionally used as a given name or middle name.
Shea has 1 feminine form: Shayla.
Shea is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1001 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Shea for boys. Shea was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #683 in the U.S. in 1990, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Shea and corresponding names. The only other prominent alternative form of Shea ranked in the Top 1000 is Shay. These boy names reached the top of their popularity in the year 1991 and are now much less widespread, with the version Shea becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)