Shelby - Meaning of Shelby
[ 2 syll. (s)hel-by, sh-e-lby ] The baby girl name Shelby is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced -SHEHLBiy- †. Shelby's origin is Old Norse, and its use, English. The meaning of Shelby is 'willow settlement'. It is derived from selja meaning 'willow' ; býr 'town, village, settlement'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Shelby for more information.
Shelby has 19 forms. Forms of the name include Chelby, Selby, Shebi, Shel, Shelb, Shelba, Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbiana, Shelbye, Shelhi, Shellie, and Shelly. Other English forms include the spelling variants Schelby, Shelbe, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, and Shellby.
Shelby is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only infrequent use. At the height of its usage in 1991, 0.503% of baby girls were named Shelby. It was #33 in rank then. The baby name has seen a substantial decline in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #426 with a usage of 0.040%, but it was nevertheless the most commonly used within all girl names in its family. Although Shelby is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period prior to 1935 when more boys were given the name. After 1936, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1999, 31 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Shelby.
Baby names that sound like Shelby include Shelbi, Shelbie, Shellby, Schelby, Selby, Shalvah, Shelbee, Shelbey, Shelbye, Shelva, Silva, Silvi, Silvia, Silvie, Solveig, Sylva, Sylvi, Sylvie, Sylwia, and Shelb.
† Pronunciation for Shelby: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"