Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. SHEHL-ee
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Meaning & History

From an English surname that 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.

Related Names

VariantShelly
DiminutiveShell

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Entry updated January 21, 2022