Shelley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Shelley | Girls
Origin of the name Shelley:
Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English Scealfleáh. The name is composed of the elements scelf (a shelf, a ledge) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow): hence, “dweller on the clearing near the ledge.”
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My first name is Shelley. I am named after my father Sheldon, who as a child in the 40's was nick name Shelley.
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Growing up in a small town in the 60's the teacher on the first day of school would always insist my name was Michelle and that my nick name was Shelley.. Also I could never find any thing with the correct spelling. Lots of Shelly but no Shelley. That second "e" was always getting dropped.
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Shell, Shell bell, Shelley belly
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Shelley comes from an English surname. It can also be a nickname for Michelle or Rochelle.
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Shelley Beattie, deaf actress and athlete who played "Siren" on the original "American Gladiators."
Shelley Winters, American actress
Shelley Duvall, American actress, best known for her role in the film "The Shining"
Shelley Long, American actress, best known for her role as neurotic waitress Diane in the 1980s TV series "Cheers".
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