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GenderFeminine & Masculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.SHEL-ee
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Meaning & History

From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "clearing on a bank" in Old English. Two famous bearers of the surname were Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), a romantic poet whose works include 'Adonais' and 'Ozymandias', and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), his wife, the author of the horror story 'Frankenstein'. As a feminine given name, it came into general use after the 1940s.
VariantShelly
DiminutiveShell

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American Horror Story characters, currently out of the US top 1000, Dragon Quest characters, male to female, Stephen King characters, surnames, Xeno characters
Entry updated July 2, 2008   Contribute