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Girl Name: Shelby

Name: Shelby
Pronunciation: \sh(el)-by\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Shelby's also a boy name)
Meaning: willow; from the ledge estate
Origin: Norse
Variant forms: Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, Shellby
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 519
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2637


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

Shelby has 7 variant forms: Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie and Shellby.


Shelby is a very popular first name for women (#519 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2637 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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