US Popularity:19423
Meaning:Clearing on a bank
Got a thing for tales that haunt the imagination? Let the name Shelley be your guide to some of the greatest monikers of Gothic lit. Old English in origin, Shelley comes from a place name that means “clearing on a bank.” While it may seem more feminine at first, it’s actually a rather popular family name, making it a suitable choice for book-nerdy boys and girls. Hats off to Mary Shelley for sweeping science fiction off its feet with Frankenstein, but let’s not forget her partner, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who also shares her legacy of pure literary genius.

Famous People Named Shelley

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  • Mary Shelley

Shelley Name Popularity Data

U.S. Births

Overall:Shelley is currently #19423 in U.S. births
Boy:Shelley is currently #28648 in U.S. births
Girl:Shelley is currently #20115 in U.S. births

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