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Shelley (boy)

What does Shelley mean?

Shelley Pronunciation of Shelley [shel-ley] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Shelley) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Shelley is "ledge meadow". Place name and surname made famous by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The name is also commonly used for girls.

Associated with: old english, meadow, surname, famous.


Shelley has 1 variant: Shelly.

1 feminine form: Shell.

Creative forms:
(male) Sheley, Shenley, ..

(female) Shelah, Shele, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shelley Casey (S.C.), ..

How popular is Shelley?

Shelley is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2373 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shelley entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #1068 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. The only other popular varying form of Shelley is Shelly. These relations of Shelley were favored by parents during the years 1890-1899 (average #999).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelley, Shelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alley, Asheley (see Ashley), Brenley (see Brinley), Chalkley, Chalney (see Chaney), Charley, Chesley, Chesney, Colley, Culley, Denley, Eberley, Everley, Gilley, Greeley, Halley, Hedley, Kealey, Keeley, Kelbey, Kelley, Kelsey, Kenley, Olley, Penley, Presley, Redley, Reilley, Scully, Sealey, Sedgley, Seeley, Seely, Seelye, Selbey, Selby, Selden, Sellden (see Seldon), Sellers, Sergey, Shanley, Shannley, Shawney, Shefer, Shelbey, Shelby, Shelden, Sheldin, Sheldon, Shelomi, Shelomo, Shelton, Sheplea (see Shepley), Shepley, Shepply (see Shepley), Shereef, Sherwen, Shipley, Skelly, Smedley, Smedly (see Smedley), Somerley, Sorley, Stanley, Steele, Stepney, Sulley, Sully, Thorley, Tulley, Webley, Welbey (see Welby), Wellbey (see Welby), Wesley and Willey. These names tend to be more frequently used than Shelley.

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