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What does Shea mean?

Shea Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: gaelic, surname.


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

1 feminine form: Shayla.

Creative forms:
(male) Erea, Shean, ..

(female) She, Shla, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shea Trenton (S.T.), ..

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)

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 #1646. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Shea (#1646 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Shae, Shai and Shay. These relations of Shea were favored 3 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.

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