Sheldon

First Name
36k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sheldon

"Sheldon" is a name of English origin, and it means "Town in the Valley". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Old English scylf (“shelf”) + dūn (“hill”) or denu (“valley”).

  1. A habitational surname​ from the placename.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A village in Derbyshire, England famous for the legend of the Sheldon duck.
  4. A suburb of Birmingham, England.
  5. A village/town in Illinois.
  6. A city in Iowa.
  7. A city/town in Missouri.
  8. A town in New York.
  9. A city/town in North Dakota.
  10. A census-designated place in Texas.
  11. A town in Vermont.
  12. A town in Wisconsin.
  13. A village in Wisconsin.

Notable Persons Named Sheldon

Sheldon Adelson is a founder, chairman, ceo of las vegas sands, las vegas sands, and ceo oflas vegas sands. Sheldon was given the name Sheldon Gary Adelson on August 4th, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Sheldon Lee Cooper is a theoretical physics.

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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.

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Sheldon Souray is an ice hockey player. His career lasted from 1995 to 2013. Sheldon was born on July 13th, 1976 in Elk Point, Alberta.

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Sheldon Whitehouse is a United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, 71st Attorney General of Rhode Island, and United States Attorneyfor theDistrict of Rhode Island. Sheldon was born on October 20th, 1955 in New York City.

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Sheldon Richardson is a football player for the New York Jets. Sheldon was born on November 29th, 1990 in St. Louis. Sheldon is also known as Sheldon "Pig" Richardson.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon was a crime fiction and thriller (genre) writer. His career lasted from 1969 to 2007. Sidney was given the name Sidney Schechtel on February 11th, 1917 in Chicago. He left this life on January 30th, 2007.

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Jack Sheldon is a musician, actor, singer, and singing. Jack was born on November 30th, 1931 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Mac Lethal is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, songwriter, radio personality, and author. He has been prominent since 2001. Mac was given the name David McCleary Sheldon on July 25th, 1981. Mac is also known as Uncle Mac.

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Toby was given the name Tobias Strebel in 1980. He died on August 21st, 2015.

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William Herbert Sheldon was a psychologist, eugenicist, eugenics, and psychologistandeugenicist. William was born on November 19th, 1898 in Warwick, Rhode Island. He breathed his last breath on September 17th, 1977.

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He was most active from 1934 to 1970. Gene was given the name Eugene Hume on February 1st, 1908 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Gene is also known as Hume and Eugene. He left this life on May 1st, 1982.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 7 0 7
1884 7 0 7
1885 5 0 5
1886 5 0 5
1887 6 0 6
1889 6 0 6
1892 9 0 9
1894 6 0 6
1896 8 0 8
1897 7 0 7
1898 6 0 6
1899 5 0 5
1900 13 0 13
1901 11 0 11
1902 10 0 10
1903 10 0 10
1904 12 0 12
1905 5 0 5
1906 17 0 17
1907 15 0 15
1908 16 0 16
1909 17 0 17
1910 15 0 15
1911 25 0 25
1912 73 0 73
1913 59 0 59
1914 90 0 90
1915 125 0 125
1916 135 0 135
1917 147 0 147
1918 170 0 170
1919 198 0 198
1920 200 0 200
1921 223 0 223
1922 233 0 233
1923 243 0 243
1924 311 0 311
1925 323 0 323
1926 351 0 351
1927 370 0 370
1928 421 0 421
1929 403 0 403
1930 407 0 407
1931 412 5 407
1932 423 0 423
1933 429 0 429
1934 463 0 463
1935 466 0 466
1936 461 8 453
1937 436 0 436
1938 438 0 438
1939 374 0 374
1940 385 0 385
1941 420 7 413
1942 432 0 432
1943 465 7 458
1944 381 0 381
1945 368 0 368
1946 395 0 395
1947 427 0 427
1948 406 5 401
1949 377 0 377
1950 410 6 404
1951 328 9 319
1952 368 0 368
1953 329 5 324
1954 418 9 409
1955 358 5 353
1956 414 0 414
1957 429 7 422
1958 413 0 413
1959 377 0 377
1960 390 0 390
1961 414 5 409
1962 442 7 435
1963 413 14 399
1964 416 6 410
1965 410 14 396
1966 401 9 392
1967 397 6 391
1968 408 5 403
1969 419 11 408
1970 425 9 416
1971 390 7 383
1972 331 7 324
1973 348 9 339
1974 370 8 362
1975 376 8 368
1976 398 6 392
1977 346 7 339
1978 325 9 316
1979 328 6 322
1980 321 0 321
1981 331 7 324
1982 281 6 275
1983 299 5 294
1984 310 5 305
1985 338 13 325
1986 371 18 353
1987 375 8 367
1988 400 13 387
1989 402 11 391
1990 516 15 501
1991 563 16 547
1992 624 16 608
1993 500 11 489
1994 544 24 520
1995 513 20 493
1996 477 18 459
1997 468 14 454
1998 416 15 401
1999 372 9 363
2000 309 8 301
2001 339 10 329
2002 273 8 265
2003 230 0 230
2004 239 0 239
2005 257 0 257
2006 241 0 241
2007 206 0 206
2008 210 0 210
2009 188 0 188
2010 200 0 200
2011 176 0 176
2012 216 0 216
2013 178 0 178
2014 165 0 165
2015 139 0 139
2016 131 0 131

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Popularity of Sheldon as a first name

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Popularity of Sheldon as a last name

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Common last names for Sheldon

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Clark
  • Cohen
  • Taylor
  • Lewis
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Phillips
  • Baker
  • Peterson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sheldon U.S.
  White 90.74% 64.26%
  African American 1.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.87% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sheldon

People with the last name Sheldon are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sheldon

  • How Popular is the name Sheldon? Sheldon is the 1,209th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sheldon was the 1,855th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sheldon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,392 babies born with the first name Sheldon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sheldon to occupy the country of Monaco with an estimated population of 35,881 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sheldon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sheldon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sheldon is Tuesday, August 20th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Sheldon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sheldon was in 1992 with a total of 608 babies.
  • Random Sheldon Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sheldon ranks 81st in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 158 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Sheldon: Your name in reverse order is Nodlehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Denohls. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sheldon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,339 people with the last name Sheldon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sheldon? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Sheldon as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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