Sheldon - Meaning of Sheldon
[ 2 syll. (s)hel-don, sh-eld-on ] The baby boy name Sheldon is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. Its pronunciation is -SHEHLDahN †. Sheldon is largely used in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. The name's meaning is plateau, steep valley. The first name is derived from the surname, itself from a byname for someone living in various places so named, with the element 'dun' (meaning hill, mound, dune); the place name can be found in several parts of England, including Devon, Derbyshire, and the West Midlands. The first name was adopted from the beginning of the 20th century, starting from the USA.
Shelden (English variant spelling) is another form of Sheldon.
Sheldon is rare as a baby name for boys. At the peak of its usage in 1934, 0.044% of baby boys were given the name Sheldon. It ranked at #250 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is now of very modest use. Out of all boy names in its group, Sheldon was nonetheless the most frequently used in 2018. Sheldon has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Sheldon: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Sheldon is Cartoonist, Shel Silverstein, born Sheldon Alan Silverstein, 25 September 1930 - 10 May 1999, Chicago, Illinois.