[ 2 syll. (s)hel-ley, sh-ell-ey ] The baby boy name Shelley is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being somewhat more common. It is pronounced as -SHEHL-iy- †. Shelley is largely used in the English language, and it is derived from Old Norse and Old English origins.
Shelley is a diminutive form of the name Shelby (English).
Shelley is also a variant of the name Sheldon (English).
See also the related category english.
Shelley is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1906 with 0.006% of baby boys being given the name Shelley. It ranked at #913 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity, and is now of irregular use. Among all boy names in its group, Shelley was nonetheless the most frequently used in 2018. Though Shelley is slightly more popular as a girl name today, there was a period before 1906 that it was given more often to boys. From 1939 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Shelley.
Baby names that sound like Shelley include Shelly, Sachel, Sachiel, Sachiele, Sahail, Sahaile, Sahal, Sahayl, Sahayle, Saheal, Saheale, Saheel, Saheele, Saheil, Saheile, Sahel, Sahele, Sahiele, Sahil, and Sahile.
† Pronunciation for Shelley: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"