Shelley

Shelley - A very unique female name



  Apr 22,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Shelley, meaning clearing on a bank, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1930 on position #1643. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Shelley and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Shelley? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Shelley. The baby girl name Shelley was given to 13 baby girls in 2008, ranking #3702 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 118,725 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Shelley peaked in popularity 47 years ago in 1972 on position 126.



Famous with this name

Shelley Hennig
Shelley Winters
Shelley Duvall


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Shelley is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Shelley is currently topping the baby name charts in New York at position #2,229 - and is the least popular in California at position #3,151.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Shelley is where you live.


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Shelley origin and meaning

Shelley is a 7 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means clearing on a bank. To see famous people named Shelley, pop culture references for the name Shelley and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Shelley

We've found the following names that sound similar to Shelley, sorted by popularity.

Sheila / Sally / Shelly / Shelia / Sallie / Shayla / Shellie / Skyla / Shelli / Shaylee /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20083702
20073440
20064310
20053794
20043418
20033867
20023903
20012263
20002597
19992170
19981768
19971767
19961533
19951300
19941157
1993919
1992787
1991763
1990738
1989565
1988531
1987437
1986397
1985397
1984325
1983295
1982290
1981271
1980228
1979242
1978237
1977225
1976194
1975171
1974141
1973128
1972126
1971140
1970142
1969135
1968129
1967139
1966140
1965148
1964143
1963147
1962162
1961179
1960182
1959191
1958196
1957202
1956196
1955191
1954161
1953166
1952164
1951165
1950169
1949235
1948396
1947604
1946614
1945561
1944692
1943743
1942863
19411337
1940972
19391372
19381226
19371366
19361025
19351237
19321457
19311811
19301643

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New York2229
California3151

Even more about Shelley


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Shelley a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Shelley?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1972
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Shelley
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 118,725
Letter count 7
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1930
2008 births +13

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