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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Sheila
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Sheila in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Sheila:
Records indicate that 235,812 girls in the United States have been named Sheila since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1962, when 8,781 people in the U.S. were given the name Sheila. Those people are now 51 years old.
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Comments about the name Sheila
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50 Positive Comments
"Sheila is aussie slang for a girl/woman. I'm Aussie, so I'm a sheila! I love this name and it's the name of my favourite character in the Enid Blyton's book 'The Children Of Willow Farm'." Nov. 8, 2013:
"My name is Sheila and I have always liked it! I am 44 and have only known a few others with my name. My parents are from Ireland and my mom always said that if she had a girl she'd name her Sheila. I know it's a "older" name in Ireland but I don't care - I think it's unique and pretty ... and guys have always seemed to enjoy saying my name when introduced ... I love being a Sheila!" Oct. 28, 2013:
"I love my name SHEILA. She - il -a. I married a SHIEL so I became SHEILA SHIEL. I have to spell it for everybody as they always get confused but I love being SHEILA SHIEL." May. 5, 2013:
"I'm named Sheila and I'm 27 this March. I love my name and always have. It's so uncommon that I didn't know any other Sheila's growing up, but boys always said it was a sexy name which it is. also if you spell it backwards it almost spells .. aliens!" Feb. 26, 2013:
"I am a Sheila to and I like it because if you say it right you have to smile Sheila, I also have trouble with people wanting to spell it Shelia. But I never meet a Sheila I did'nt like" Aug. 13, 2012:
"I love my name, Sheila! It is not common at all and it sounds pretty when it's pronounced right. I am 48 years old. When I was in grade school I didn't care for my name because no one else shared it. Now, now it is a lovely and unique name...my name!" May. 6, 2011:
"I am in my 60's and am named Sheila. Have always been happy with name. Being from NJ, though, it is pronounced Sheil (as in shield)-ah. 100% Irish descent and my Grandmother (off the boat) called me Shee-lah." Dec. 20, 2010:
"My Name Is Sheila & I Am 29 Years Old Persian & Was Born In America & Living In Paris. I Am Very Happy With My Name I LOVE IT ! Its Easy To Pronounce, I Never Had Any Problems With My Name, Thanks Mom&Dad Love , Sheila" Dec. 1, 2010:
"Thanks to the user who correcly spelled the Irish version of Sheila which is S?le, we have a beutiful little 5 year old named S?le and I love the fact it is so unusual." Nov. 9, 2010:
"My name is Sheila. I was born in 1961 Actually, my mother spelled it incorrectly, Shelia, on my birth certificate. But then very quickly found out that there is NO WAY that S.h.e.l.i.a says "Shee-la". So she went had my birth certificate changed, thank God! Bugs me to death when people spell it Shelia. Use your head...that would be pronounced She-lie-a or She-lee-a. Watch on movie credits or anywhere in the public forum. No one spells it that way. It is always Sheila. Shoot, just Google Shelia. It will automatically correct it to Sheila. I love my name. It is a beautiful name when spelled correctly! :)" Nov. 9, 2010:
"To the people who have left comments about wanting to use Irish spelling of Sheila for their children, I feel I should point out that the correct Irish spelling is Sile, with a fada over the letter i (an accent to make it a pronounced vowel). There is no letter 'y' in the Irish language so it not Syle, with or without a fada. My mother's name is Sheila and it is a lovely, uncommon name, in English or Irish." Nov. 3, 2010:
"Sheila is the best name anybody could ever had:)) i love it because it's not that common, but i do hate it when people misspell it "Shiela" so not cool!" Sep. 19, 2010:
"My name is sheila love it am 20 years old my dad gave it to me the fact is I live in a latin country panama and here people they spell it badly and say it badly at first I always correct them cause they say ( shaila) and wrote it chila I still get mad when they write that butwhen they say it I don't mind at all in fact my nickname is shei (shay)" Jul. 7, 2010:
"I'm a Sheila, and over 50 years old. I have only met maybe five other Sheila's in my lifetime, some spelling their names differently. I tell them I before E, except after C, and in Sheila! My sister-in-law of over 40 years still spells it wrong! But I love my name, and I'm Irish and German. My brother named me when he was only seven!" Jun. 30, 2010:
"Hey, I'm Sheila! People often spell it Shelia. I used to get really annoyed, but I've gotten over it. I love my name b/c not many people have it. I have only met a handful of Sheila's in my life. My nicknames are She, She-She, Sheila Ballerina, Shelila, Shelotta Lovin', and Shera! Haha" Jun. 17, 2010:
"The Best name Ever Musical, Gentle, just beutiful and Lovely" May. 26, 2010:
"I love my name, "Sheila" and my nickname is also, "Shae"!!! We "Sheila-s" are lucky to have such a lovely name." May. 25, 2010:
"My daughters name is Sheila and I love it. Her dad wanted to spell it with the y (Sheyla) but I like it more with the "i" when trying to get someone to spell it right I always say with the latin I. In spanish the i is called like the e in inglish and vs. Her name honors her personality she is soft and gentle." May. 19, 2010:
"I also love the name Sheila. When my sister (Sheila) was little, she had a fondness for the cartoon character She-ra because their names sounded similar. Sometimes we still call her She-ra." Apr. 4, 2010:
"Heya!My name is Sheilla. Yes, it is spelled uniquely!=)and I love it though it's commonly mispelled but it's fine, I just correct them! I love my name, it's very feminine!=)Cool! it's of Irish origin but I'm a Filipino!" Mar. 1, 2010:
"I work in a Kindergarden as teaching aid, and we've currently got one very pretty new little girl called Sheila, it's a very sweet soft & feminine name, but perhaps I'm biased as my own mother is called Sheila :)
I think this name is making a comeback in popularity since Brad & Angelina's Shiloh ... but I actually prefer Sheila to Shiloh." Jan. 16, 2010:
"My name is Sheila, and I read earlier today that the name means "Heaven" and is of Irish origin. Like most Sheilas, I too hate it when my name is misspelled (Shelia or Shiela). I frequently tell folks: "It's "I" before "E" --- EXCEPT in SHEILA!"" Dec. 15, 2009:
"My name is Sheila also I love my name because it is uncommon and beautiful" Oct. 30, 2009:
"Sheila is a fab name. I think we will go with the Irish version Sıle for our baby girl. This name has truly stood the test of time. A" Oct. 27, 2009:
"My name is also Sheila. And I also love my name.(always have) My mother's best friend's was named "Sheila" and I was named after her. My "nick-name" is also "Shae". People do, on occasion mis-spell my name and I've been called "Suzy", "Shelley", "Sharol"". Why "Sheila" is so hard to remember, I don't know. But I think it's one the prettiest feminine names out there!!" Oct. 1, 2009:
"I love the name Sıle so much We're going to name our baby daughter Sıle, it means pure and musical.. We will spell it the Gaelic variation Sıle.
I'ts old fashioned, sweet and uncommon.
Marie" Sep. 4, 2009:
"I'm named Sheilah... and like it with the "h", or with the "g" or however. I also get a bit bummed when good friends misspell it. I was surprised to learn, as a child, that it was also a name in Iran as well as in Cuba (I'm American). One thing, I learned that it's not so much that it means blind, but that the Patron Saint of the Blind (and of Music) was/is St. Cecilia, hence that connotation with Sheilah (one Irish spelling)." Aug. 10, 2009:
"I have 4 year old twin girls and I named one Sıle, pronounced like sheila, it's gaelic for sheila/cecilia. People of ten ask is it a family name but no we picked it as a beautiful soft name. It has a lovely ring to it. It's also very unique these days amongst all the Jessicas, Emma's and Sarah's.
Ireland" Jul. 11, 2009:
"Im a sheila .Love my name and would never change it for the world. When I was a kid we would play a rhyming game and the only word that ryhmes was tequila. so my parents decided that they could not call me that so they called me Beila and eventually that was shortened over the years to Beil. its funny bc when my sister talks to me she uses Beil and people start calling me that too bc they never heard my real name Sheila lol" Jun. 10, 2009:
"My best friend is a "Sheila" and we have known each other over 15 years; she gets upset in a funny way when I mail something and can not spell her name correct and asks me many times when are you going to get right! I don't know why I have such a problem-hopefully she will see this one day & realize I am trying. She spells my name correctly,
"Debi"" May. 7, 2009:
"my name is also sheila. I am so proud that i have this name since it is not a common name. i used to spell my name "sheilla" but i changed it along the way. i am from Ghana. i had however wanted to change my name because of its meaning ("blind") but i have changed my mind. I am so glad my mum chose that name for me. i think i will oneday name my daughter sheila." Apr. 25, 2009:
"well my name is Sheila but it is spelled Shelia!: )" Apr. 23, 2009:
"I've always loved my name, hate it when people use the spelling S.h.i.e.l.a, willing to forgive S.h.e.l.i.a. My husband of fifteen years sometimes will call me "Shellya" which irratates me, I always correct him - SHEILA. I love the Waterford pattern Sheila and as an international flight attendant, I have never been to Austrialia to experience what that would be like to be in a country where Sheila is slang in a negative way. Also like variations such as adding a 'h' at the end. I love my name enough to live with the issues; didn't know Sheila means 'blind' until today, I found another site that suggested SHELIA was of Hebrew origin and means "of God"" Apr. 14, 2009:
"It's the most beautiful name in the world, of course!. I believe it will become very popular soon, thankfully, it hasn't happened yet, though it should have as it is so feminine and soft. It pains me when many pronounce it as Shilla.....with a short i. I spell it Sheila. Misspellings are not as bad as someone (usually from the north) pronounces it to rhyme with gorilla...oooh, Lord, teach me to be patient!" Mar. 20, 2009:
"how many people spell it Sheila and how many spell it shelia?" Feb. 27, 2009:
"My name is Sheila. I love my name, especially when people from the north say it." Jan. 31, 2009:
"My name is Shelia. Pepole often spell it Sheila, and it gets annoying. Some people pronounce my name She-li-a or Shee-le-ah. I like my name." Oct. 27, 2008:
"Being born in a country I onlt share the name Sheila with just over 150 people I'm so used to correcting people, that I sometimes get a little surprised if they actually get it right, especially the older generation.
But I love my name, exactly because it is pretty unique around here." Oct. 12, 2008:
"I love my name too. I am 30 year old Sheila of Indian descent raised in the US. I got lucky with a rather uncomplicated Indian and American name. I hate when people spell my name SHELIA- I have yet to meet a Sheila who spells their name that way !" Oct. 2, 2008:
"My name is Sheila, and I love my name. What is it with "Shelia?" And unlike others who have posted, I do NOT understand "Shiela." That's just crazy. Thankfully, I rarely encounter that spelling. "Shelia" is the bane of my life, but I wouldn't change my name and I am sorry it is dying out. The good thing is that I am usually the only one (USA)" Aug. 16, 2008:
"My name is Sheilla... maybe Sheila with little modification :) I'm from Indonesia. In my country everyone misspelled my name... And at the end i just don't care anymore if they misspelled my name... Afterall, it's really great and fun to be named Sheilla... Most of people said that I got a pretty name... :D" Aug. 2, 2008:
"i love my name sheila and also hate it when people misspell it brockville ontario canada" Jul. 20, 2008:
"Im 16 and here in Belgium Sheila isnt a common name. Alot of people say it wrong and write it wrong. But i love my name. I like having a unique name." Jun. 9, 2008:
"I am a Sheila and i definitely love my name. i just hate it when people mispronounce and spell it wrong." May. 12, 2008:
"I'm a Sheila in my 20's & love my name! Nobody ever spells it right, though, & while I completely understand "Shiela," it is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when someone spells it "Shelia." Dreadful." May. 8, 2008:
"I love my name, and have fixed the i before e problem by modifying the rhyme -
I before E except after C, unless you're talking about me!" Nov. 26, 2007:
"My name is Sheila. I love my name, but it's almost always mispelled because of the English Rule I before E except after C. I do know a woman named Shiela pronounce Shy-ee-la, and I do know Shelia's too pronounced correctly as spelled. At one time I went to church with 3 Sheila's but growing up I went to School with only one Sheila and rarely meet other's named Sheila." Sep. 12, 2007:
"People spell it Shiela, instead of Sheila, sometimes. Also some pronounce it /Shilla/, which I don't like. There are three Sheila's where I work." Jun. 26, 2007:
"I'm English and it's a fairly common name in England and no one seems to spell it wrongly there, but in US no one can get it right - even writers and editors spell it Shelia, why I just don't know because that doesn't even sound right! I didn't like it as a child, but now I do." Feb. 15, 2007:
"I really like being named Sheila. It's uncommon enough to be unique without being wierd. My name is a nod back to my Irish roots, but it's easy to pronounce, unlike some Gaelic names. However, the meaning of the name Sheila isn't correct on this page, it doesn't mean "a Divine Place", it is an Irish take on the name Cecilia, from St. Cecilia and has traditionally meant "musical" or "blind", the characteristics of the saint in question." Jan. 7, 2006:
4 Negative Comments
"I hate when people with this name, as in pronounced this way, think that spelling it as Shelia should be pronounced the same way. Clearly that name should be pronounced Sha-lee-a." Jul. 5, 2011:
"I think the combinations of sounds that makes up the name is nice, but I'm from Australia and a "sheila" is a slang word for a woman, usually used in a rowdy or negative way, or for a tacky woman. Unfortunately that gives the name a very negative connotation for Australians." Sep. 14, 2008:
"my name is sheila, i hate it! lots of older people have this name, nanas and great aunties. Ive had people say to me that their dog was called sheila! I think I may hate it so much cos its also my mums name. And yeah everyone spells my name incorrectly, even at work the IT guys set up my welcome page with the wrong spelling." Aug. 31, 2008:
"It's common in England and the US but in Australia, every woman is a Sheila! The just call women Sheilas (guys and sheilas) LOL. It's correct pronounciation is 'Shee-lah'." Mar. 9, 2007:
41 Neutral Comments
"When I lived in the UK my name was Shelagh and that's still what's on my passport. Everyone there knew it was pronounced Sheila. But then I lived in France and now Spain, and I always use Sheila now. The pronunciation may be a little off, but at least they don't call me Shellag. That's just awful! Also, most people here know it's a girl's name, whereas Shelagh...??? I don't know what possessed my parents to put Shelagh on the birth certificate, rather than Sheila." Sep. 18, 2013:
"I am Sheila and I hate the name. I live in Australia where 'Sheila' is slang for girl, woman, chick etc. some people joke (especially men) when you tell them your name. I wish I had legally changed my name years ago." Sep. 18, 2013:
"Well my name is SHELIAH and I am yes a Sheila and a Shiela or how ever other Sheliah's spell it...My Mother decided it that way and that was great by me cause she said NO one would ever get the spelling right and that would force me into conversation...and it worked.. also one letter for every day of the week...That was my MOm God Bless her,,,Thats my name and I'm stickin to it..." May. 25, 2013:
"Sheila is a pretty special name and is just unusual enough in N.Ireland to be considered very cool. Always spell your name aloud when you know someone is about to write it down--this helps people get your spelling corrrct! Love to all Sheilas." Mar. 22, 2013:
"N.Ireland. Sheila is considered one if the most beautiful names.in Ireland and just unusual enough nowadays to be pretty cool! I wouldn't change it for anything. I'll give you a tip that works for me---whenever you are giving out your name "Sheila" to anyone who is poised, ready to write it down, say "---and it's SPELT S-h-e-i-l-a, that is beginning with the word she and then i-l-a---- so it's S-h-e-i-l-a, please!" That always does the trick for me. Love to all Sheilas. xxS" Mar. 22, 2013:
"I live in Asia, Malaysia. Each time I tell the peoples that my name is Sheila they will eventually think that I am Malay( Moslim). And I hate it, I don't wish to have the name Sheila. But certain times I think it is unique and different among the rest in Asia." Jul. 8, 2012:
"My daughter's name is Shelia, and I agree with theI before e except c, it just looks weird so SHE-LA the I just shows emphasis on the a as in fuschia" Jun. 3, 2012:
"i used to hate my name SHEILA because in aussie sheila is slang for girl, you tell people your name and they laugh." Oct. 15, 2011:
"My name is Sheila and I spell it S H E I L A.
I use the last name Shiel. S H I E L. Most people get confused but that is the fun of having the name. I have always loved my first name and now it seems to be more popular." May. 15, 2011:
"My name is Sheila and I like it. I am Irish and German. I have mixed feelings about my name but, I am a redhead also, so I am used to being...different!" May. 14, 2011:
"My name is Sheila as well...I know..shocker right? I am also 38 and I know of only one other Sheila. I was named after the song "Sheila" by Tommy Roe - it was my Dad's favourite song." Apr. 8, 2011:
"Sheila is my name. It's just okay, I can think of much prettier names. I do hate the way it gets pronounced sometimes. Shee-la or Sheil-a, my parents say Shee-la.
One thing for sure, there were plenty named Tammy and Sherry in my school who had to tack their last name or initial on their homework. There wasn't another Sheila.
I've always loved the names Hannah and Natalie... but wouldn't you know it, I had sons! :)" Jan. 22, 2011:
"There is ONLY one way to spell Sheila!!!
S H E I L A.
I don't care what your mother may have told you your name was. It's not my fault she couldn't spell. Shiela is SHI E LA, Shelia is SHEL I A and Sheilagh is just OVER kill.
As many of my sisters have pointed out... google it, it's SHEILA, research it and you will find the others are variations. Though your name may be spelled incorrectly...lol We still love you, girls who share the name. The intentions were good...lol" Nov. 30, 2010:
"I am Shiela. My mother chose to spell it I before E except after C. It's difficult to get anyting personalized but i like that it's unique. No one ever spells my name right so I'm pretty used to it. One of my best friends growing up is Sheila (yep, she spells her ei) and we were given the nicknames She and Shi (pronounced Shy) because everyone got tired of us answering at the same time! We still hang together and we now get called Shiela Squared. My last job there were 3 Sheila's, the most in one place I've ever seen! I always tell everyone that it's I before E except after C and in pronouns, but I just ignore the pronoun part! Shiela is a great name and I'm glad it's mine!!" Oct. 8, 2010:
"I only personally know 1 other Sheila besides myself and that is a distant cousin,but she spells hers the Shelia way. Yes many still spell it wrong. I've gotten called Shelly,She-ra(by my BFF in HS),Sherry (don't know how or why),Sheils. I always wanted a different name because no one ever had that name and no one could ever think of a good nickname to derive from it and it is kind of dated. I do like another poster saying Shae is their nickname-I would much prefer to be called that." Sep. 27, 2010:
"I'm Sheila, and personally I like my name. But I never liked the nicknames people gave me; they don't suit me. But I am the only Sheila that I have ever met..." Sep. 8, 2010:
"I am sheila 41 yrs. old i didnt care for the name until i grew older.i have been called alot of the simular nicknames mentioned l.o.l.one nickname i have been called is "sheiler's" can anyone out there tell me, i thought sheila meant girl in austrailia???i really love the nickname shae" Aug. 13, 2010:
"My name is Sheila. I hated my name growing up cuz I was the only one. Not so much anymore though. There is a gal here at work in the same dept with the name Sheila. I do get annoyed when it is spelled Shiela and Shelia, but it is all good. Sheila Suzanne." Jul. 20, 2010:
"I am a Sheila and i live in a very rual area, i moved here from Va. Beach, Va. where i never met another Sheila. I have lived here in Winnabow, NC for 27 years and my nextdoor neighbor is also a Sheila. We go to a little bar about 8 miles from our house where there are 2 more Sheilas that go there! How weird!! We each have different nick names to tell us apart. Mine is She-La-La, i got that from a guy i met in that bar. We have She, She-She and Blonde Sheila. The name must have been popular in the 60's in this area." Apr. 27, 2010:
"I am yet another Sheila who loves her name and always has! Over the years, I have grown more tolerant of people who can't spell my name, including a friend of more than 30 years. As an English teacher, I tell people that - as a proper noun - my name is permitted to break the 'i-e' rule! So great to learn how many of us love our name! We are happy girls, us Sheilas!" Apr. 13, 2010:
"My name is sheila and I am 9 years old. I love my name because it has so many meanings to it and they are angel,heaven,muicel,blind,smart and wise, and for god so who ever has the name sheila be prowd of it!!!" Jan. 20, 2010:
"My name is Sheila as well, and I have to agree with the people who get annoyed with the misspellings of the name. I tell people that the rule is "i before e, except after c" but I'm a rulebreaker and so the e comes first!" Jan. 8, 2010:
"My name is Sheila, I'm 26 and from Ireland (Derry). I was named after my grand mother and I hated my name most of my life but it's growing on me as I am the only Sheila in my City that I know of." Sep. 9, 2009:
"I'm a 31 y.o. American Sheila w/ Irish born parents. My aunt is also Sheila but she's called Julie as a nickname. I never understood that til now! I've met an Iranian, Jewish and an Indian Sheila, all of whom believe it originates from their culture. Who knows, I always understood it to be Celtic. Hmm." Sep. 8, 2009:
"i just clicked on a comment about Sheila...and I didn't mean too! I had made a comment over a year ago and was trying to find it, not knowing you would delete it right then, I clicked on it. Yes, I am Sheila...born Shela, then adopted to a spelling change, so it is ok however it is spelled, but please, don't pronounce it to rhyme with gorilla! Think He and Sheeeeeela. I love my name. It really should be popular. Most feminine name of all!" Sep. 5, 2009:
"I also love my name. But I hate it when people spell it wrong! It's Sheila and I was born in 1953. Looks like it was pretty popular back then. My mom said she had a hard time deciding if my name should be Lois or Sheila. Boy! I am so glad she picked Sheila!" Aug. 31, 2008:
"I'm an English Sheila, born in 1956. I've known several other Sheilas but all older than me. I think in the UK it's a name that was used more in the 30s and 40s. I was the only one at school which was quite nice! It's sad the name seems to have more or less died out now. I often get it spelled wrongly." Jul. 20, 2008:
"I am 38 years old and I love my name! When I meet people and tell them my name they always sing the song Oh! Sheila! by Ready For The World! I'll be 40 in a year and a half and I want that song played at my birthday party. One thing is true. Lots of people spell my name incorrectly. Sometimes they don't pronounce it correctly and it drives me crazy...I feel really happy that there is a 20 year old with this name too." Jul. 14, 2008:
"I AM SHEILA,I LOVE MY NAME SO MUCH AND IN MY COUNTRY IT IS NOT COMMON AND PEOPLE TEND TO MISSPELL AND PRONOUNCE IT DIFFERENTLY,IT ANNOYS ME SOMETIMES.BUT I LOVE IT AND I HAVE FOUR FRIENDS CALLED SHEILA"