Shea

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18k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
33k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shea mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Shea

"Shea" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Hawk". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. A surname​ of Irish origin, anglicised from Ó Séaghdha.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  4. Alternative spelling of shea

Notable Persons Named Shea

Shea Whigham is an actor. He has been prominent since 1997. Shea was given the name Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr. on January 5th, 1969 in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Shea Weber is a hockey player for the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League. He was most active from 2005 to present. Shea was born on August 14th, 1985 in Sicamous.

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Shea McClellin is an athlete for the Chicago Bears. His ongoing career started in 2012. Shea was born on August 1st, 1989 in Caldwell, Idaho.

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Her career lasted from 1996 to 2001. Shea was born on March 12th, 1978.

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Shea was born on May 18th, 1968 in Merseyside, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shea

John Shea is an actor. He has been prominent since 1975. John was given the name John Victor Shea III on April 14th, 1949 in North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.

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Brek Shea is a soccer player for the Orlando City SC, Dallas Texans Soccer Club, IMG Academy, FC Dallas, Stoke City F.C., Barnsley F.C., Birmingham City F.C., United States men's national under-17 soccer team, United States men's national under-20 soccer team, and United States men's nationa. Brek was born on February 28th, 1990 in College Station, Texas, United States.

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George was born on February 1st, 1909 in North Dundas, Ontario. He left this life on April 16th, 2013.

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Donald "Shorty" Shea was an actor, stuntman, ranch hand, and stunt performer. Donald was born on September 18th, 1933 in Massachusetts. Donald is also known as Shorty, Shorty Shea; Shea, and Donald. He died on August 26th, 1969.

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Eric Shea is an actor. He was most prominent from 1966 to present. Eric was born on February 14th, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California.

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Charity Shea is a television and television actress. She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Charity was born on December 4th, 1983 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1950 7 7 0
1951 7 7 0
1953 6 6 0
1954 5 0 5
1955 8 8 0
1956 8 8 0
1957 16 9 7
1958 8 8 0
1959 24 11 13
1960 23 13 10
1961 24 13 11
1962 22 11 11
1963 21 10 11
1964 34 25 9
1965 35 21 14
1966 51 36 15
1967 66 43 23
1968 86 42 44
1969 124 79 45
1970 186 114 72
1971 192 128 64
1972 196 125 71
1973 219 127 92
1974 257 155 102
1975 227 116 111
1976 214 112 102
1977 211 118 93
1978 232 130 102
1979 246 151 95
1980 268 154 114
1981 241 136 105
1982 239 131 108
1983 225 119 106
1984 436 179 257
1985 427 193 234
1986 486 206 280
1987 490 229 261
1988 498 253 245
1989 448 230 218
1990 450 229 221
1991 447 266 181
1992 450 272 178
1993 413 243 170
1994 484 287 197
1995 446 259 187
1996 441 286 155
1997 489 309 180
1998 452 315 137
1999 433 281 152
2000 484 321 163
2001 514 327 187
2002 515 294 221
2003 523 318 205
2004 524 329 195
2005 531 348 183
2006 485 296 189
2007 460 293 167
2008 411 278 133
2009 410 251 159
2010 322 199 123
2011 319 171 148
2012 298 171 127
2013 302 197 105
2014 312 206 106
2015 289 189 100
2016 336 234 102
2017 307 182 125

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Popularity of Shea as a first name

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Popularity of Shea as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shea U.S.
  White 93.84% 64.26%
  African American 0.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shea

People with the last name Shea are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shea

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  • How Popular is the name Shea? Shea is the 1,760th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shea was the 1,048th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shea have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,360 babies born with the first name Shea in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shea to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shea? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1950 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shea first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shea is Tuesday, September 7th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Shea born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shea was in 2005 with a total of 348 babies.
  • Random Shea Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shea is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Shea: Your name in reverse order is Aehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Shae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shea? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,329 people with the last name Shea.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shea? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Shea as their last name.

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  • 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).
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