Shelly name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shelly mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shelly

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Israel says the name Shelly means "In hebrew it means 'mine' or 'quitely, secretly'" and is of Hebrew origin.
  2. A user from Israel says the name Shelly is of Hebrew origin and means "Mine".
  3. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Shelly is of Egyptian origin and means "You were born loving the look of shells".
  4. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Shelly means "Special Helper Earths Little Lady Yesterday".
  5. A user from Jamaica says the name Shelly is of Hebrew origin and means "Female sheep".
  6. A user from South Africa says the name Shelly means "Flower".
  7. According to a user from South Africa, the name Shelly is of English origin and means "Shellls".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Shell"y
Abounding with shells; consisting of shells, or of a shell.
  1. A surname​, variant of Shelley.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, of mostly pre-1930 usage.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname, of 1930s and later usage, variant of Shelley.

Notable Persons Named Shelly

Notable Persons Named Shelly

Shelly Martinez

Shelly Martinez is a wrestler. Shelly was born on February 9th, 1980 in Chino, California.

Shelly Manne

Shelly Manne was a jazz, cool jazz, and third stream drummer, percussion instrument, composer, and bandleader. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He was most prominent from 1939 to 1984. Shelly was given the name Sheldon Manne on June 11th, 1920 in New York City. He left this life on September 26th, 1984.

Shelly West

Shelly West is a country pop singer and singing. She was most active from 1981 to 1981. Shelly was born on May 23rd, 1958.

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Shelly was born on August 22nd, 1975.

Shelly Lares

Shelly Lares is a tejano music and country music guitarist, singing, and songwriter. She plays Guitar, Percussion instrument, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Shelly was given the name Michelle Yvette Lares on November 13th, 1971 in San Antonio. Shelly is also known as Lares and Shelly.

Shelly Yachimovich

Shelly was born on March 28th, 1960 in Kfar Saba.

  • Shelly Fujii
  • Shelly Peiken
  • Shelly Glover
  • Shelly Woods
  • Shelly Dick
    Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • Shelly Silver
  • Shelly Willingham
  • Shelly Liebowitz

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shelly

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shelly

Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly was an actress, director, and screenwriter. She was most active from 1989 to 2006. Adrienne was given the name Adrienne Levine on June 24th, 1966 in Queens, New York, USA. She died on November 1st, 2006.

Ben Shelly

Ben Shelly is a navajo nation. Ben was born on July 6th, 1947 in Thoreau, New Mexico.


Joginder was an actor, film producer, film director, producer, and director. Joginder was given the name Joginder Shelly on July 4th, 1949. He died on June 15th, 2009.

Rubel Shelly


Shelly is an actress. Shelly was born on August 18th, 1983.

Tony Shelly

Tony Shelly is a formula one racer.


Common last names for Shelly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Scott
  • Thomas
  • Mitchell
  • Hall
  • Anderson

Common first names for Shelly

  • William
  • James
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Thomas
  • Elizabeth
  • Earl
  • Willie
  • Anna

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shelly U.S.
  White 79.31% 64.26%
  African American 13.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.79% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shelly

People with the last name Shelly are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shelly

  • What name lists does Shelly rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Shelly? Shelly is the 723rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Shelly was the 6,598th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shelly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 86,455 babies born with the first name Shelly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shelly to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shelly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shelly is Sunday, December 31st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Shelly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shelly was in 1964 with a total of 4,080 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shelly!
  • Random Shelly Factoid: According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shelly ranks 100th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maine. Imagine that, 21 babies in Maine have the same name in 1966.
  • Weird things about the name Shelly: The name spelled backwards is Yllehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Eylshl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,134 people with the last name Shelly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shelly? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Shelly as their last name.
  • Shelly name meaning

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