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Girl Name: Shelley

Name: Shelley
Pronunciation: \sh(el)-ley\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Shelley's also a boy name)
Meaning: sloped meadow
Origin: English
Related Names: Shell, Rachel
Sounds Like: Shelle, Chelle, Shella
Variant forms: Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie, Shelly
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 354
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2532


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

Shelley has 5 variant forms: Schelley, Shellee, Shelli, Shellie and Shelly.

For more information, see also related names Shell and Rachel.

Baby names that sound like Shelley are Shelle, Chelle and Shella.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Shelley.


Shelley is a very popular first name for women (#354 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2532 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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