[ 2 syll. (s)hel-by, sh-e-lby ] The baby boy name Shelby is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as -SHEHLBiy- †. Shelby is an English name of Old Norse origin. The name's meaning is willow settlement. It is from the elements 'selja' meaning willow ; 'býr' town, village, settlement. The first name is derived from the surnname, which is itself from a place name.
See also the related category town (village).
Shelby is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked in 1991 with 0.025% of baby boys being given the name Shelby. It ranked at #427 then. The baby name has since experienced a marked fall in popularity, and is now of very modest use. Among all boy names in its group, Shelby was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Though Shelby is more popular as a girl name today, there was a period before 1935 that it was given more often to boys. From 1936 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Shelby. In 1999, the name Shelby was given to 31 times as many girls than boys.
† 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)"