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What does Shelley mean?

Shelley Pronunciation of Shelley as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Shelley) is pronounced SHEL-ee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Shelley is "sloped meadow". Place name. Used as a short form of names like Michelle, Rochelle, and Shirley. Made famous by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Actresses Shelley Long, Shelley Duvall, Shelley Winters. Also form of Rachel.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow


VARIANTS Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie, Shelly


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA MICHELLE, ROCHELLE, SHIRLEY Chelle, Shell, Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Shirelle, Shirlea, Shirlee, Shirlley, Shirly, Shurlee



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How popular is Shelley?

Shelley is a very popular first name for females (#354 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2373 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Shelley was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #155 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular variation forms of Shelley are Rachel (#198 IN 2018), Michelle (#263), Shirley (#1464), Rochelle, Shelli, Shellie, Shelly, Shirlee and Shirly. These relations of Shelley were favored as baby names 48 years ago (USAGE OF 2.6%) and have become much less common since (USAGE 0.2%, 93%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shelley, Michelle, Rachel, Rochelle, Shelli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shellie, Shelly, Shirlee, Shirley, Shirly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michelle, Rachel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shelley is alike in pronunciation to Chella, Chelli, Chellie, Shaelee, Shalee, Shaylee, Sheela, Sheelah, Sheila, Sheilah, Sheilia, Sheilya, Shela, Shelagh, Shelia, Shella, Sheyla, Shilea and Shilla. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adalley, Bailley, Chelsey, Chesley, Danelley, Dolley, Haeley, Kaeley, Kalley, Keeley, Kelcey, Kelley, Keyley, Lesley, Molley, Nelley, Nelsey, Perley, Polley, Sallee, Salley, Sally, Seelie, Seely, Selbea (see Selby), Selbey, Selby, Selie, Semelle, Shandey, Shanelly, Shaney, Sharelle, Sharlet, Sheileen, Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbey, Shelby, Shellby, Shelle, Shenelle, Sheray, Sherey, Sherie, Sherlene, Sherrey, Sheryle, Shonelle, Shynelle, Sibelle, Soulle, Stelle, Suellen, Sybelle and Yolley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shelley.

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