[ 2 syll. (s)hel-ly, sh-e-lly ] The baby girl name Shelly is also used as a boy name, though it is more often a girl name. It is pronounced -SHEHL-iy- †. Shelly is of Hebrew, Germanic, Old Norse, and Old English origin. It is used mainly in English.
Shelly is an English familiar form of the English, French, and German Michelle.
Shelly is also an English familiar form of the English, French, German, and Yiddish Rachel.
Shelly is also a form of the English, French, and Italian Rachelle.
Shelly is also a form of the English Richelle.
Shelly is also a form of the English Rochelle.
Shelly is also a form of the English Shelby.
Shelly is also a spelling variant of the English Shelley.
Shelly is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1966, 0.220% of baby girls were named Shelly. It was #89 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a marked decline in frequency since then, and is of only irregular use now. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Shelly, Rachel was the most widely used in 2018. Although Shelly is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period from 1901 to 1904 that it was more popular with boys. After 1943, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1950, 6 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Shelly.
Baby names that sound like Shelly include Schelley, Shellee, Shelley, Shelli, Shellie, Sagall, Sagalle, Sahely, Sailey, Saili, Sailie, Saily, Sala, Salah, Salale, Salall, Salalle, Salee, Salei, and Saleigh.
† Pronunciation for Shelly: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"