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Shelley

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 6 6 0
1893 8 0 8
1894 5 0 5
1895 7 0 7
1896 5 0 5
1898 10 5 5
1899 9 0 9
1900 9 0 9
1904 8 0 8
1905 6 0 6
1906 9 0 9
1907 6 0 6
1908 6 0 6
1909 14 5 9
1910 10 0 10
1911 9 0 9
1912 12 5 7
1913 12 0 12
1914 15 5 10
1915 37 8 29
1916 20 0 20
1917 21 6 15
1918 24 8 16
1919 26 0 26
1920 32 11 21
1921 29 7 22
1922 43 8 35
1923 23 7 16
1924 22 6 16
1925 22 6 16
1926 25 10 15
1927 37 13 24
1928 39 14 25
1929 25 13 12
1930 34 15 19
1931 44 33 11
1932 43 25 18
1933 39 28 11
1934 55 33 22
1935 58 43 15
1936 66 44 22
1937 70 47 23
1938 52 36 16
1939 73 58 15
1940 82 63 19
1941 71 52 19
1942 120 99 21
1943 133 111 22
1944 156 132 24
1945 199 171 28
1946 222 196 26
1947 249 219 30
1948 431 413 18
1949 1,045 1,016 29
1950 1,703 1,671 32
1951 1,891 1,845 46
1952 1,921 1,886 35
1953 1,978 1,938 40
1954 2,206 2,177 29
1955 1,760 1,734 26
1956 1,705 1,680 25
1957 1,747 1,720 27
1958 1,748 1,720 28
1959 1,869 1,850 19
1960 2,153 2,138 15
1961 2,184 2,143 41
1962 2,500 2,475 25
1963 2,750 2,734 16
1964 2,843 2,819 24
1965 2,547 2,528 19
1966 2,572 2,547 25
1967 2,528 2,509 19
1968 2,503 2,483 20
1969 2,506 2,478 28
1970 2,381 2,352 29
1971 2,301 2,272 29
1972 2,417 2,386 31
1973 2,292 2,257 35
1974 2,017 1,997 20
1975 1,571 1,547 24
1976 1,295 1,275 20
1977 1,119 1,104 15
1978 1,047 1,029 18
1979 1,081 1,065 16
1980 1,147 1,131 16
1981 923 913 10
1982 859 848 11
1983 783 777 6
1984 713 706 7
1985 579 570 9
1986 571 563 8
1987 507 502 5
1988 432 426 6
1989 386 380 6
1990 304 298 6
1991 262 257 5
1992 266 266 0
1993 223 223 0
1994 162 162 0
1995 165 155 10
1996 112 112 0
1997 105 105 0
1998 104 94 10
1999 85 85 0
2000 69 69 0
2001 64 59 5
2002 39 39 0
2003 42 42 0
2004 42 42 0
2005 38 38 0
2006 40 40 0
2007 35 35 0
2008 36 36 0
2009 30 30 0
2010 28 28 0
2011 26 26 0
2012 17 17 0
2013 16 16 0
2014 21 21 0
2015 13 13 0

Fun Facts about the name Shelley

  • How many people with the first name Shelley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 74,212 babies born with the first name Shelley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shelley to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shelley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Shelley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shelley is Tuesday, March 31st, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Shelley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shelley was in 1964 with a total of 2,819 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shelley!
  • Random Shelley Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shelley ranks 44th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 73 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1967.
  • Weird things about the name Shelley: Your name in reverse order is Yellehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hlsleye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shelley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,300 people with the last name Shelley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shelley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Shelley as their last name.
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Common last names for Shelley

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Mitchell
  • Powell
  • Baker
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shelley U.S.
  White 85.02% 64.26%
  African American 9.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.83% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shelley

People with the last name Shelley are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Shelley" mean? The list below shows the origins of Shelley as well as things modernly associated with the name Shelley such as celebrities named Shelley.

English

Origin and Meaning of Shelley

The name "Shelley" is of English origin, and it means "From the sloping field". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Englishman and romantic poet (1792-1822)
  2. English writer who created Frankenstein's monster and married Percy Bysshe Shelley (1797-1851)

From Old English, meaning "clearing on a bank".

  1. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a Romantic poet.
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. A male given name, transferred use of the surname, mostly before 1930.
  4. A female given name used since the 1930s, also explained as a variant of Shirley or Michelle.

Notable Persons With the Name Shelley

Shelley Duvall

Shelley Duvall is an actress, producer, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedienne. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to 2002. Shelley was given the name Shelley Alexis Duvall on July 7th, 1949 in Houston.

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Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters was an actress and actor. She was most active from 1943 to 2006. Shelley was given the name Shirley Schrift on August 18th, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. She passed away on January 14th, 2006.

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Shelley Hennig

Shelley Hennig is a beauty queen. She holds the title Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2004, Miss Teen USA 2004, Miss Louisiana Teen USA2004, and Miss Teen USA2004. Shelley was given the name Shelley Catherine Hennig on January 2nd, 1987 in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

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Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares is an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 1947 to 1947. Shelley was given the name Michele Ann Marie Fabares on January 19th, 1944 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. Shelley is also known as Shelly Fabares.

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Shelley Long

Shelley Long is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to present. Shelley was given the name Shelley Lee Long on August 23rd, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.

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Shelley Moore Capito

Shelley Moore Capito is an office holder. Shelley was born on November 26th, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shelley

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was an important individual. Mary was given the name Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30th, 1797 in Somers Town, London. She died on February 1st, 1851.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley was a leading somebody. Percy was born on August 4th, 1792 in Field Place, Horsham, Sussex, England. He passed away on July 8th, 1822.

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Rachel Shelley

Rachel Shelley is an actress, model, and actor. Rachel was born on August 25th, 1969 in Swindon.

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Alex Shelley

Alex Shelley is a wrestler. Alex was born on May 23rd, 1983 in Detroit.

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George Shelley

George Shelley is a pop music and pop rock singing, songwriter, and radio personality. He was most active from 2012 to present. George was given the name George Paul Shelley on July 27th, 1993 in Clevedon, North Somerset, England.

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Pete Shelley

Pete Shelley is a punk rock, pop punk, new wave music, and power pop musician. He plays Gibson Marauder and Gibson Les Paul Junior. He was most active from 1975 to present. Pete was given the name Peter Campbell McNeish on April 17th, 1955.

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  • Sir Percy Florence Shelley
    (leading individual)
  • Barbara Shelley
    (actress)
  • Steve Shelley
    (musician)
  • Carole Shelley
    (actor)
  • Burke Shelley
    (musician)
  • Jody Shelley
    (hockey player)
  • Michael Shelley
    (famous somebody)
  • Martha Shelley
    (influential somebody)
  • David Shelley
    (musician)
  • Jeremy Shelley
    (athlete)
  • John Shelley
    (famous human)
  • John Francis Shelley
    (Mayor of San Francisco)
  • Charles Miller Shelley
    (notable individual)
  • Samuel Shelley
    (noteworthy human)

What does the name Shelley mean?

Sis for scholar, the brilliant in you.

His for hope, the encouragement you give.

Eis for enrich, a quality you share.

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Eis for eager, let's get started!

Yis for youthful, your eternal look.

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