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Shelly

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 7 0 7
1886 5 0 5
1889 8 0 8
1890 5 0 5
1891 6 0 6
1893 9 0 9
1894 7 0 7
1895 6 0 6
1897 8 0 8
1898 7 0 7
1899 6 0 6
1900 8 0 8
1901 8 0 8
1902 8 0 8
1904 8 0 8
1905 5 0 5
1907 5 0 5
1909 8 0 8
1912 9 0 9
1913 13 0 13
1914 15 0 15
1915 15 0 15
1916 23 5 18
1917 15 0 15
1918 23 0 23
1919 18 0 18
1920 18 0 18
1921 16 0 16
1922 23 6 17
1923 37 8 29
1924 41 9 32
1925 22 0 22
1926 31 5 26
1927 32 12 20
1928 44 7 37
1929 24 0 24
1930 31 6 25
1931 26 10 16
1932 40 17 23
1933 21 6 15
1934 42 17 25
1935 45 18 27
1936 50 19 31
1937 61 31 30
1938 57 31 26
1939 64 39 25
1940 65 36 29
1941 64 36 28
1942 88 57 31
1943 100 66 34
1944 82 52 30
1945 110 74 36
1946 93 71 22
1947 107 74 33
1948 138 102 36
1949 217 181 36
1950 389 334 55
1951 446 406 40
1952 581 540 41
1953 604 571 33
1954 799 759 40
1955 808 787 21
1956 960 929 31
1957 1,249 1,212 37
1958 1,411 1,377 34
1959 1,908 1,882 26
1960 2,727 2,688 39
1961 3,034 2,995 39
1962 3,511 3,481 30
1963 3,821 3,790 31
1964 4,128 4,081 47
1965 3,894 3,850 44 #98 girl name
1966 3,887 3,857 30 #89 girl name
1967 3,676 3,649 27 #94 girl name
1968 3,637 3,595 42 #98 girl name
1969 3,711 3,675 36
1970 3,789 3,751 38
1971 3,669 3,638 31
1972 3,327 3,289 38 #94 girl name
1973 2,949 2,912 37
1974 2,827 2,797 30
1975 2,510 2,483 27
1976 1,886 1,861 25
1977 1,864 1,848 16
1978 1,528 1,501 27
1979 1,479 1,458 21
1980 1,464 1,452 12
1981 1,238 1,229 9
1982 1,149 1,136 13
1983 1,081 1,073 8
1984 957 948 9
1985 888 882 6
1986 750 743 7
1987 629 629 0
1988 544 537 7
1989 479 466 13
1990 421 413 8
1991 439 433 6
1992 349 349 0
1993 314 307 7
1994 287 281 6
1995 240 240 0
1996 224 217 7
1997 165 165 0
1998 168 168 0
1999 158 158 0
2000 147 147 0
2001 130 125 5
2002 123 123 0
2003 113 113 0
2004 100 100 0
2005 108 108 0
2006 89 89 0
2007 78 73 5
2008 69 69 0
2009 79 79 0
2010 56 56 0
2011 39 39 0
2012 51 51 0
2013 51 51 0
2014 48 48 0
2015 43 43 0

Fun Facts about the name Shelly

  • How many people with the first name Shelly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 86,321 babies born with the first name Shelly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shelly to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shelly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shelly is Sunday, December 31st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Shelly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shelly was in 1964 with a total of 4,081 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shelly!
  • Random Shelly Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shelly ranks 58th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Washington. Imagine that, 75 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Shelly: Your name in reverse order is Yllehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lhsley. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,134 people with the last name Shelly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shelly? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Shelly as their last name.
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Common last names for Shelly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Scott
  • Green
  • Mitchell
  • Thompson
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shelly U.S.
  White 79.31% 64.26%
  African American 13.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.79% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shelly

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Shelly

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Shell"y
Abounding with shells; consisting of shells, or of a shell.
  1. A surname​, variant of Shelley.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, mostly of persons born before 1930.
  3. A female given name used since 1930s, variant of Shelley.

Notable Persons With the Name Shelly

Shelly Martinez

Shelly Martinez is a wrestler. Shelly was born on February 9th, 1980 in Chino, California.

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Shelly Manne

Shelly Manne was a jazz, cool jazz, and third stream drummer, percussion instrument, composer, and bandleader. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He was most prominent from 1939 to 1984. Shelly was given the name Sheldon Manne on June 11th, 1920 in New York City. He left this life on September 26th, 1984.

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Shelly West

Shelly West is a country pop singer and singing. She was most active from 1981 to 1981. Shelly was born on May 23rd, 1958.

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Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Shelly was born on August 22nd, 1975.

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Shelly Lares

Shelly Lares is a tejano music and country music guitarist, singing, and songwriter. She plays Guitar, Percussion instrument, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Shelly was given the name Michelle Yvette Lares on November 13th, 1971 in San Antonio. Shelly is also known as Lares and Shelly.

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Shelly Yachimovich

Shelly Yachimovich is an important human. Shelly was born on March 28th, 1960 in Kfar Saba.

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  • Shelly Fujii
    (leading somebody)
  • Shelly Peiken
    (songwriter)
  • Shelly Glover
    (leading somebody)
  • Shelly Woods
    (athlete)
  • Shelly Dick
    (Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana)
  • Shelly Silver
    (artist)
  • Shelly Willingham
    (notable person)
  • Shelly Liebowitz
    (important individual)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shelly

Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly was an actress, director, and screenwriter. She was most active from 1989 to 2006. Adrienne was given the name Adrienne Levine on June 24th, 1966 in Queens, New York, USA. She died on November 1st, 2006.

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Ben Shelly

Ben Shelly is a navajo nation. Ben was born on July 6th, 1947 in Thoreau, New Mexico.

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Joginder

Joginder was an actor, film producer, film director, producer, and director. Joginder was given the name Joginder Shelly on July 4th, 1949. He died on June 15th, 2009.

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Rubel Shelly

Rubel Shelly is an important person.

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Shelly

Shelly is an actress. Shelly was born on August 18th, 1983.

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Tony Shelly

Tony Shelly is a formula one racer.

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What does the name Shelly mean?

Sis for sensible, the practical side.

His for honor, your most valuable possession.

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Lis for love, your love of life!

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

Yis for young, the years never show!

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