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Shelby is truly a gender-neutral name, with many famous people of all genders sporting the name. From football player Shelby Harris to “American Idol” contestant Shelby Dressel, the name Shelby is not relegated to only boys or girls but is a great name for anyone. Keep reading to find out more about this baby name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Shelby:

Shelby originally started out as an English surname taken from the Old Norse “selja,” or “willow,” and “byr,” or “estate.” This gave it the meaning of willow or from the ledge estate.

Symbolism of the name Shelby:

The symbolism of Shelby comes from one of its meanings, “willow.” Willow trees are elegant and graceful and stand against the elements with dignity. What parent wouldn't want their child to have these qualities?

Nicknames for the name Shelby:

  • Shell
  • Bee
  • El
  • Shelly 
  • Shelb
  • Shelbs
  • Jujubee
  • Bell
  • Beebee
  • Shels
baby name Shelby

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Gender of the name Shelby:

Shelby is a great name for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Shelby:

The name Shelby evokes a feeling of sophistication, elegance, and grace.

Alternative spellings for the name Shelby:

Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbie, Shellby

Popularity of the name Shelby:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Shelby was ranked as the 502nd most popular girl name in 2020. As a boy's name, Shelby enjoyed its highest ranking in 1938 when it was the 368th most popular boy name. It has not appeared in the top 1000 boy names in the last 20 years.

Selby, Colby, Kolby

Great middle names for Shelby and their meanings:

  • Arden (valley of the eagle)
  • Echo (Greek mythology name)
  • Evren (universe)
  • Rio (river, place of the cherry blossoms)
  • Wilde (wild)
  • Win (diminutive of Winslow, Winthrop, or Winston)

Famous people with the name Shelby:

  • Shelby Blackstock (race car driver, Reba McEntire's son)
  • Shelby Fero (comedian, writer)
  • Shelby Young (actress)
  • Shelby Harris (football player)
  • Shelby Earl (singer, songwriter)

Shelby in movies/pop culture:

  • Shelby Corcoran (character on the television series “Glee”)
  • Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (Julia Roberts’s character in “Steel Magnolias”)
  • Shelby Wyatt (character in the television series “Quantico”)
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