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What does Shelby mean?

Shelby Pronunciation of Shelby as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Shelby) is pronounced SHEL-bee. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Shelby is "willow; from the ledge estate". English surname used as a given name for girls and occasionally for boys.


ASSOCIATED WITH norse, willow (tree), surname


VARIANTS Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, Shellby




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How popular is Shelby?

Shelby is a very popular first name for females (#519 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#2826 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Shelby was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #33 in the U.S. in 1991, and is at #426 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Shelby (#426 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) appearing in the Top 2000 are Shelbey, Shelbi and Shelbie. These relations of Shelby were at the top of their popularity 27 years ago (USAGE OF 0.6%) and have become significantly less widespread since (USAGE 0.04%, 92.7%), with forms such as Shelbi becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelby, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Chelcy, Chelsy, Kelby, Pheby, Seely, Selbea (see Selby), Selbee, Selbey, Selbie, Selby, Shalva, Sheba, Sheeba, Shela, Shelia, Shell, Shella, Shelle, Shelley, Shelli, Shelly, Shelom, Sheray, Sherey, Sherry, Shery and Silvy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelby.

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