First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shel

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Alt. Meaning

S is for sensitive, another side shows.

H is for hand, that you always give.

E is for empathy, and your consideration for the feelings of others

L is for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Notable Persons Named Shel

Shel Silverstein was a playwright, children's literature, and black comedy author, poet, songwriter, playwright, and cartoonist. Shel was given the name Sheldon Allan Silverstein on September 25th, 1930 in Chicago. He left this life on May 10th, 1999.


Julia Ling is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 2003. Julia was given the name Shel Wei Lin 林小微 on February 14th, 1983 in Temple City, California.



Shel Talmy is a rock music record producer, songwriter, and arrangement. He was most prominent from 1963 to 1968. Shel was born on August 11th, 1937.


Shel Israel is a consultant, author, and consultantandauthor. Shel was born in 1944 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Shel Horowitz is an author, profitability and marketing consultant, speaker, marketing, and public speaking. His career lasted from 1977 to 1977. Shel was born on December 24th, 1956 in New York City.


Fun Facts about the name Shel

  • When was the first name Shel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Shel is Friday, November 14th, 1890.
  • How unique is the name Shel? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Shel. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Shel: Your name in reverse order is Lehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lshe. How do you pronounce that?

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