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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shady

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  • According to a user from Egypt, the name Shady is of Arabic origin and means "Singer".
  • A user from Arkansas, United States says the name Shady is of Unknown origin and means "A pretty lady".
  • A user from Italy says the name Shady is of Arabic origin and means "Singer".
  • A submission from Saudi Arabia says the name Shady means "Singer" and is of Arabic origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Shad"y
  1. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade."The shady trees cover him with their shadow." [Job. xl. 22.]"And Amaryllis fills the shady groves." [Dryden.]
  2. Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat."Cast it also that you may have rooms shady for summer and warm for winter." [Bacon.]
  3. Of or pertaining to shade or darkness;hence,unfit to be seen or known; of questionable character; unsavory; equivocal; dubious, corrupt, or criminal; as, a shady character; -- of people or activities.(Colloq)"A shadybusiness." [London Sat. Rev.]" Shady characters, disreputable, criminal." [London Spectator.]
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  1. Filled with shade ("the shady side of the street")
  2. Of questionable honesty or legality ("He established a dummy company through which he laundered vast sums of cash from shady middlemen and arms dealers")
  3. Not as expected ("a shady deal")
  4. Quiet, dark, or concealed ("her shady past intrigued him" and "a shady part of town")

From shade +‎ -y. Compare Saterland Frisian skaadich, skaddich (“shady”), German schattig (“shady”).

Notable Persons Named Shady

Shady Nate is a hip hop music, west coast hip hop, hyphy, and gangsta rap musician. He has been prominent since 2007. Shady was given the name Nathaniel Findley on January 29th, 1973 in Oakland, California. Shady is also known as Shady Nate.


Shady Blaze is an alternative hip hop rapping and hip hop production. He was most active from 2011 to present. Shady was given the name Ravalle Quinn on November 4th, 1987. Shady is also known as Velocity.


Shady Mohamed is an athlete for the Koroum, Al Ahly SC, El Ittihad Alexandria, Ismaily SC, Telephonat Beni Suef SC, and Egypt national football team. Shady was born on November 29th, 1977 in Alexandria.


Shady Robert Wall was a bank. Shady was born on December 11th, 1922 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA. He died on September 4th, 1985.


Shady Othman is an actor. Shady was given the name Shady Mulla Othman on September 20th, 1981 in Damascus.


How popular is the baby name Shady in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 6 0 6
1916 8 0 8
1920 5 0 5
1941 6 6 0
1976 6 0 6
1978 12 6 6
1979 21 10 11
1980 11 11 0
1981 11 5 6
1982 13 8 5
1983 12 6 6
1984 18 9 9
1985 11 0 11
1986 6 0 6
1987 9 0 9
1988 10 0 10
1989 20 5 15
1990 14 5 9
1991 14 6 8
1992 24 13 11
1993 17 8 9
1994 27 9 18
1995 21 12 9
1996 18 10 8
1997 21 9 12
1998 18 8 10
1999 23 12 11
2000 16 7 9
2001 22 11 11
2002 14 5 9
2003 13 6 7
2004 11 0 11
2005 12 0 12
2006 7 0 7
2007 6 0 6
2008 11 5 6
2009 13 5 8
2012 5 5 0
2016 5 0 5

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Popularity of Shady as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shady U.S.
  White 93.46% 64.26%
  African American 1.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shady

People with the last name Shady are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shady

  • How Popular is the name Shady? Shady is the 15,990th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shady was the 27,260th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shady have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 517 babies born with the first name Shady in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shady to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shady? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Shady first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shady is Monday, May 18th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Shady born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shady was in 1994 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Shady Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shady is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Shady: Your name in reverse order is Ydahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ydahs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shady? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 887 people with the last name Shady.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shady? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shady as their last name since less than 1 person in 333k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.