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Boy Name: Shelley

Name: Shelley
Pronunciation: \sh(el)-ley\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Shelley's also a girl name)
Meaning: ledge meadow
Origin: English
Sounds Like: Chill, Shaul, Shiloh, Shyloh, Shylo, Shilo, Sly
Variant forms: Shelly
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2532


Shelley \sh(el)-ley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.

Shelley has 1 variant form: Shelly.

Baby names that sound like Shelley are Chill, Shaul, Shiloh, Shyloh, Shylo, Shilo and Sly.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Shelley.


Shelley is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2532 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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