Shelby

First Name
160k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
12k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shelby

"Shelby" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the town in the hollow". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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From a medieval name, possibly meaning Old English "dweller of the willow place".

  1. A surname​.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Shelby

Shelby was born on October 13th, 1992 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, US.

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Shelby Young is an actress, voice actress, and actor. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Shelby was born on April 8th, 1992 in Florida.

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She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Shelby was given the name Shelby Ann Narito Rabara on October 5th, 1983 in Orange County, California, U.S.

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Shelby Foote was a novelist and historian. Shelby was given the name Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. on November 17th, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, United States. He left this life on June 27th, 2005.

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Sheb Wooley was a country music and pop music musician. He was most active from 1955 to 1971. Sheb was given the name Shelby F. Wooley on April 10th, 1921 in Erick, Oklahoma, U.S. Sheb is also known as Ben Colder. He died on September 16th, 2003.

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Shelby was born on February 23rd, 1990.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shelby

Carroll Shelby is a formula one racer.

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Richard Shelby is a Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman of theSenate Banking Committee, and Chairman of theSenate Intelligence Committee. Richard was born on May 6th, 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Isaac Shelby was a Governor of Kentucky. Isaac was born on December 11th, 1750 in Hagerstown, Maryland. He died on July 18th, 1826.

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Derrick Shelby is a football player for the Miami Dolphins. His most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Derrick was born on March 4th, 1989 in Houston.

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Charlotte Shelby was an actor. Charlotte was born on December 19th, 1877. She left this life on March 13th, 1957.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 8 0 8
1881 11 0 11
1882 13 0 13
1883 8 0 8
1884 16 0 16
1885 10 0 10
1886 9 0 9
1887 14 0 14
1888 15 0 15
1889 11 0 11
1890 11 0 11
1891 6 0 6
1892 19 0 19
1893 11 0 11
1894 14 0 14
1895 16 0 16
1896 14 0 14
1897 14 0 14
1898 22 0 22
1899 17 0 17
1900 20 0 20
1901 14 0 14
1902 11 0 11
1903 18 0 18
1904 12 0 12
1905 18 0 18
1906 29 0 29
1907 14 0 14
1908 31 0 31
1909 26 0 26
1910 29 0 29
1911 30 0 30
1912 48 0 48
1913 43 5 38
1914 89 5 84
1915 95 5 90
1916 110 10 100
1917 128 9 119
1918 118 5 113
1919 149 7 142
1920 155 10 145
1921 148 12 136
1922 138 10 128
1923 133 7 126
1924 117 7 110
1925 137 9 128
1926 120 0 120
1927 135 11 124
1928 116 19 97
1929 120 10 110
1930 111 0 111
1931 121 11 110
1932 121 17 104
1933 134 18 116
1934 150 17 133
1935 188 67 121
1936 1,222 1,071 151
1937 2,200 1,997 203
1938 1,927 1,713 214
1939 1,371 1,165 206
1940 1,184 1,007 177
1941 994 826 168
1942 757 598 159
1943 691 491 200
1944 529 367 162
1945 486 333 153
1946 568 397 171
1947 514 369 145
1948 426 266 160
1949 388 241 147
1950 391 248 143
1951 395 233 162
1952 361 228 133
1953 384 262 122
1954 462 309 153
1955 495 344 151
1956 476 344 132
1957 495 367 128
1958 511 384 127
1959 487 356 131
1960 466 308 158
1961 520 388 132
1962 486 369 117
1963 507 370 137
1964 434 317 117
1965 387 274 113
1966 461 305 156
1967 422 293 129
1968 462 319 143
1969 499 326 173
1970 559 400 159
1971 745 556 189
1972 927 754 173
1973 848 677 171
1974 983 799 184
1975 942 746 196
1976 751 575 176
1977 740 553 187
1978 650 483 167
1979 572 428 144
1980 616 482 134
1981 647 512 135
1982 560 435 125
1983 800 643 157
1984 1,187 1,041 146
1985 1,061 884 177
1986 1,072 900 172
1987 1,074 898 176
1988 1,065 881 184
1989 1,408 1,203 205
1990 3,871 3,517 354 #100 girl name
1991 10,742 10,218 524 #33 girl name
1992 9,851 9,397 454 #34 girl name
1993 8,524 8,121 403 #36 girl name
1994 7,908 7,546 362 #40 girl name
1995 7,967 7,632 335 #38 girl name
1996 8,254 7,949 305 #35 girl name
1997 6,900 6,701 199 #43 girl name
1998 6,058 5,893 165 #49 girl name
1999 5,188 5,017 171 #62 girl name
2000 4,688 4,559 129 #70 girl name
2001 4,468 4,367 101 #68 girl name
2002 4,069 3,961 108 #75 girl name
2003 3,611 3,534 77 #94 girl name
2004 3,075 2,988 87
2005 2,907 2,839 68
2006 2,687 2,616 71
2007 2,423 2,350 73
2008 2,221 2,145 76
2009 1,979 1,934 45
2010 1,720 1,675 45
2011 1,499 1,455 44
2012 1,490 1,444 46
2013 1,282 1,235 47
2014 1,143 1,108 35
2015 1,104 1,072 32
2016 1,014 978 36

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Popularity of Shelby as a first name

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Popularity of Shelby as a last name

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Common last names for Shelby

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Hall
  • Jackson
  • Turner

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shelby U.S.
  White 58.22% 64.26%
  African American 36.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shelby

People with the last name Shelby are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shelby

  • How Popular is the name Shelby? Shelby is the 449th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shelby was the 2,912th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shelby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 159,643 babies born with the first name Shelby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shelby to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shelby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Shelby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shelby is Friday, August 12th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Shelby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shelby was in 1991 with a total of 10,218 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shelby!
  • Random Shelby Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shelby ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 47 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Shelby: Your name in reverse order is Yblehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Shlyeb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shelby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,303 people with the last name Shelby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shelby? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Shelby 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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