Shelly Name Meaning & Origin

Shelly

Pronunciation: SHEHL-ee (key)

Origin of the name Shelly:

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.”

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Shelly: | Edit

My name is Shelly and I really enjoyed it growing up. I had an original name and took pride in not knowing any other Shelly's. I am sometimes referred to as Shell or Shell-bells but I would not say that they are nicknames if that makes sense.

I like the name Shelly. It's just a nice, all-around regular name. Also can be a nickname for Michelle.

Personal experiences with the name Shelly: | Edit

My name is Shelly. Growing up I loved my name and it wasn't till I was older that I started meeting other Shelly's. It can be annoying when asked what's your name a lot of times I am miss heard as saying Kelly or Sherry.

Nicknames for Shelly: | Edit

Shell, Shells, Shell-bell, Shelly jelly, Shelly belly

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Famous real-life people named Shelly: | Edit

Shelly Cole (Gilmore Girls)

Shelly in song, story & screen: | Edit

Jamie Lee Curtis' character in my girl was named Shelly
Shelly Marsh, Stan's older sister from South Park
Shelly, character from the cartoon "Jabber Jaw"

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