Shelby Name Meaning & Origin

Shelby

Pronunciation: SHEHL-bee (key)

Origin of the name Shelby:

Transferred use of the surname derived from an English place-name meaning “a willow grove, a place where willows grow.”

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Oh, Shelby… The name rings in the back of my head, a bell that wakes up thousands of memories. Shelby was the name of a girl I loved back in high school. I remember watching her walk to class and eat lunch with her friends. She didn’t talk to me much, in fact almost not at all. She must have just been shy. Shelby was about 5’6 with brown hair down to her shoulders, she had pretty brown bangs that almost covered her blue-green eyes. She almost always dressed casually, a t-shirt with black sweatpants, and her hair in a ponytail with a cute headband, and a few bracelets on her wrist. She liked to wear sandals with cute patterns on them that complemented her perfect and soft size seven and a half feet. Her favorite lunch was apples and peanut butter with string cheese. She talked a lot to her friends, but never really spoke to me. That’s how I knew we were meant to be. She liked me so much that she couldn’t even speak to me, it was so cute. Shelby played the flute, and she was so good at it that she was the section leader for all of the other flute players at our school. She played beautifully, I found it very attractive that she could play music. When she played it sounded heavenly. I remember during a football game at school, she played along with the rest of the band, and I listened and for a moment it felt like time stopped, and it was just her and I together on the bleachers, and she was playing just for me. It was like she was telling me everything she was too shy to really say to me. Shelby was a really special girl, I loved almost everything about her. Shelby was really smart too, she was in all honors classes, and her mother was a teacher at our school. Since Shelby was too shy to speak to me, I tried as often as possible to speak to her mother during class. I wanted to know everything I could about her, but the odds were against us. Shelby was really inspiring, during lunch I heard her telling her friends about what she wanted to do when she got older. She said that she wanted to be on Broadway. If she made anyone feel the way she makes me feel when she plays, I’m sure she would make it. I think anyone named Shelby would be very lucky to have such a beautiful, smart and sexy name. Shelby is married now with 4 kids, and I’d kill to be her husband. I think we are really meant to be, but he took her from me. Shelby, if you’re reading this, I love you. I’m sorry for making you nervous. I love everything about you. I forgive you for listening to his lies. We are meant to be, call me.
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Shelba
Sheldon
Shelbo My Elblow

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Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (lead character in the movie Steel Magnolias)
Shelby Corcoran (Rachel's birth mother on Glee played by Idina Menzel)

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