Meaning and Name Origin
Sheldon \sh(el)-don\ as a boys' name is pronounced SHEL-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sheldon is "steep valley". Also possibly "flat-topped hill". Place name. See also Shelton. Author Sidney Sheldon.
Sheldon is a very prominent first name for males (#442 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1845 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Sheldon for boys. Sheldon reached its highest position of #288 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Sheldon and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Sheldon rated in the Top 1000 is Shelton. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Shelton and Sheldon becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)