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What does Shea mean?

Shea /shea/ as a boys' name (also used more generally 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 6 variants: Shae, Shai, Shay, Shaye, Shaylon and Shays.

Shea has 1 feminine form: Shayla.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Sheaer, Shean, ..

(female) She, Shla, ..

How popular is Shea?

Shea is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#990 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Shea for boys. Shea was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #648 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is presently at #1512. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Shea and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Shea (#1512 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Shae, Shai and Shay. These relations of Shea were favored 2 decades ago and are now much less widespread.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shea, Shae, Shai, Shay in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Shea is alike in pronunciation to Chai, Che, Shaw and Shia. Other recommended names are Enea, Lea, O'Shea, Sahel, Seal, Sean, Seb, Sela, Shaan, Shad, Shaka, Shan, Shaq, Shem, Shep, Shepp, Shiva, Shoda, Shug, Shura, Sima, Spear, Steba (see Stephen), Sten, Sven, Swen and Syed. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shea.