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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 6 variants: Shae, Shai, Shay, Shaye, Shaylon and Shays.

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)

Top 1000 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 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shay, Shea in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shea is alike in pronunciation to Che, Shaw and Shia. Other recommended similar baby names are Shem and Shep. Like Shea, these names are not commonly used.