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What does Sheldon mean?

Sheldon /shel-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 has 2 variants: Shelden and Sheldin.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Shelton, Sherdon, ..

(female) Shelan, Shelow, ..

How popular is 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 (#1708 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 statistics of Sheldon for boys. Sheldon reached its highest position of #262 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #1144 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Sheldon and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Sheldon (#1144 last year) rated in the Top 2000 is Shelton. These relations of Sheldon were popular as birth names during the years 1930-1939 (average #457) and have become significantly less widespread since (#1572, down 82.3%), with the form Sheldon becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheldon, Shelton in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sheldon and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Aldon, Beldon, Belldon (see Belden), Belton, Brendon, Chelton, Cheston, Chilton, Creedon, Deleon, Delmon, Delon, Eldon, Felton, Jaedon, Jaelon, Keldon, Kelvon, Kendon, Maldon, Meldon, Mellon, Nelson, Salmon, Salton, Seaton, Seeton, Sefton, Selden, Seldon, Sellden (see Seldon), Selmo, Selwyn, Seton, Sexton, Shadoe, Shadow, Shalmon, Shalom, Shandon, Shannon, Shanon, Shaylon, Shelbie, Shelby, Shelly, Shelomo, Sherborn, Sheredan (see Sheridan), Sheridon, Sherman, Shermon, Sherwen, Sherwin, Shilo, Shiloh, Shipton, Sholom, Shylo, Shyloh, Snowdon, Steffon, Stefon, Stephon, Stetson, Stevon, Theodon, Theon, Theron, Therron, Waldon, Weldon, Welldon, Welton and Wheaton. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sheldon.