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  • Records indicate that 81,806 girls in the United States have been named Shelly since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1964, when 4,081 people in the U.S. were given the name Shelly. Those people are now 57 years old.

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      22 Positive Comments

  • "I am a Michelle who goes by the nickname Shelly but I am in the process of legally changing it to Shelly as that?s what I?ve gone by my entire life anyway" Jun. 18, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelli. I constantly get it spelled wrong wherever I go and its impossible to find something with your name on it at a tourist place, but I think thats part of the uniqueness of it. I love my name. Its hebrew origin means 'my/mine' and when put together with a middle name with a beautiful meaning, it sounds wonderful." Jul. 18, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley with the extra "e" and my middle name is Anne, also with an extra "e". Most people spell it without but I correct them. I was born in 1961 and my mother named me after Shelley Winters and my Aunt Anne. I love my name but when I was growing up there was a gas station named Skelly so to be mean people would call me Shelley Skelly. Shelley belly didn't bother me because a lot of my extended family called me Shelley Bell so it was a good nickname. I never knew a Shelley growing up but when I started dating my husband at 17 he had a cousin named Shelley, then his younger brother married a girl named Shelley and so did his cousin. After that there were four Shelley Moore's in the same family! We all had different middle names but it still gets confusing 30 years later. And to top it all off three of us had children the same age in the same school system. The Shelley's are a redhead(me) a blonde and a brunette and so are the cousins but the hair color of the children doesn't match the mom! Talk about driving the ladies in the office crazy. I love my name but it isn't a popular name and that's fine with me. I am an RN and just started a new job and one of the other nurses is named Shelly, they call her Shell-bell. So they have decided to call me SAM which are my initials and I'm fine with that too. saves on confusion." Nov. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley with the e. Some people call me Shelley smelly or Shelley belly ext. People also do spell it wrong like Shelly forgetting the e but oh well: I love my name its a beautiful name" Jan. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have only met ONE other Shelly. My boss is named Shelley with the "e" which does make it confusing and unique in our office. I love my name and always have." Aug. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly, and I love it! In my opinion, it is feminine, pretty, cute, and unique!" Nov. 30, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley u spell it like this SHELLEY not SHELLY" Mar. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree,i hate it wen people shorten it to michelle or miss out the 2nd e lol! I luv my name,apart from my surname fisher I get called shellfish lol!!" Jul. 4, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a beautiful name, it goes great with the middle name Ann. Shelly Ann is such a pretty name." Apr. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley, named after the actress/pin up girl, Shelley Winters. Yes, she WAS a pin up girl in her younger days! ha! I dislike when people spell my name without the last E because to me it looks...unbalanced. My eldest sister calls me Shelby and I do like that nickname. Other than that one, I dislike Shelleyisms." Dec. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelli... my sister named me Shelli because it meant mine on hebrew and i was her B-day present. I love my name... yes people call me names like Shellfish, Shellybelly and more... but i ignore. People misspell my name as Shelly but i dont mind it. I love Shells and seas so thats cool.Its nice and unique. I dont get y people call me Sherry but whatever i love my name! :)" May. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate


  • "Until reading these -- I'd forgotten that my registered name is Shelly-Lee as I've always gone by Shelly. Although, in my formative years, I mixed several of my legal documents thus creating a bit of a issue. Regardless, I love the simplicity of Shelly (without the e) although I realize it is more oftenly used as the 'male' spelling of Shelly. It's simple, easily recognized and I haven't met too many of me, even though I as named Shelly in 1962 (a very popular era for the name). I'm a fortunate eldest child, always made to feel special and unique -- I guess that gets translated to how I feel about my name. In addition to direct and easy. We're lucky girls! :) Sincerely, Shelly" Nov. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Shelley! With the 'e'. My mum wanted it to be spelt Shelly but Dad spelt it wrong! I'm glad he did though 'cause I prefer it that way, it's like the poet. :) It annoys me when people I'm close to spell it wrong but those who don't know me I don't mind 'cause how would they know? Love my name :) Sometimes I'm ShellBell or Shelley Belly." Aug. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Shelly. I have never had a problem with the way people spell my name, but as a child in school in school I was called Shelly Smelly. This I did not like at all. I am not bothered by spelling and mispronunciation of my name. Life is to short for that. I have also been asked if Shelly was short for Michelle. My middle name is Jean and my Dad just calls me ShellJean all together. He is the only one that calls me that but I donýt mind. Itýs just my Dad." Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly without the extra "e". I love my name. It does tend to bother me when called or asked if it is short for Michelle. I just tell them, nope I'm the real deal. Not a "wannabe" Shelly. I work with a girl who's name is Michelle and goes by Shelly with an extra "e". I refer to her as the fake Shelly. Seems a little harsh, but I figure if you have a name you should go by it. But hey guess not everyone is luck to actually be named Shelly. :-)" Aug. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shelley ( with the e ) but i go by elly or l or jellybean jellybelly or my brothers fav smelly (hate that one ) i dont really care when people miss splee my name my middle is grace so i think its pretty Shelley Grace an every one thinks oh she a lier because no way would her name be shelley it michelle but no!" Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shelley ( with the e ) but i go by elly or l or jellybean jellybelly or my brothers fav smelly (hate that one ) i dont really care when people miss splee my name my middle is grace so i think its pretty Shelley Grace" Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly too! Of Course and its the best name ever! i have been asked if my name is michelle before but it doesnt bother me...and people have spelled my name as shelley. but i like better with out the extra E. & my middle name is it fits all together ...shelly renee! thanks! :]" Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shellie, i researched not long ago that i am the onlt shellie spelt with an 'ie' in the whole of the united kingdom!" Jul. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hello my name is shelly-lea but every one calles me shelly. i have lots of nik names. shellbell,shell, shellshell,seashell, shellybelly, ext and i hatehatehatehate it when people spell it shelley or shelly lee" Feb. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I also spell my name Shelly and get highly irritable if someone spells it Shelley. My full first name is Shelly not Michelle which a lot of people assume. I see a couple women here and there with the same name but its not typical. Growing up I really didn't like my name because I saw it as short and plain but now it's me and I like it." Jan. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      38 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm Asian with the name Shelley because my parents wants me to be unique from the others, I never liked my name because it feels so different but not in a bad way and I don't get offended when people misspelled my name to Shelly." Jan. 13, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m a Shelly! Shelly Lynn, to be exact. Not a Michelle, no extra ?e?. Born in 1969. Growing up there were days I didn?t care for my name but others I did, especially since I was the only one and it was not very common (like Lisa, Kelly or Tammy). Love it now since it?s very uncommon and youthful sounding." Jan. 2, 2021: Report as inappropriate

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  • "Hi. I have checked your and i see you've got some duplicate content so probably it is the reason that you don't rank hi in google. But you can fix this issue fast. There is a tool that creates content like human, just search in google: miftolo's tools" May. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. SHELLEY DIANE. People spell it wrong all the time and when I tell them they come right out and say "I don't care!"" Mar. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello Shelly sisters!! My name is Shelly ! Born 1994, haven?t met a real Shelly my age or anywhere near it in my life. I love my name so much I always wonder what I could possibly make my future children that would bring them as much joy as I have had thus far from mine. I just read a comment about someone responding to people who call them Michelle by saying they were the real deal and that is hysterical. Nicknames: Shellbell shellsbells shellster, shellabella(favorite) . I get really frustrated when people call me Michelle and when Michelle?s call themselves Shelly. My middle name is Ann which is plain but sounds nice. If anyone is reading this page wondering if they should name their baby Shelly DO IT ? Love Shelly" Sep. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name..,.But, spelled Shelley. It's too cutey and short. Japanese people love it...But, I would prefer a proper name like Michelle. I've never liked my name." Jun. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I go by Shelly but my birth name is Michelle. I think Michelle is a beautiful name but only doctor's offices and people selling something over the phone call me that name. Those who really know me call me Shel and I like it!" May. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a shelly too .. I was called shell bell. And since theyes call me shell I named my daughter shelby and we call her bell. So now we are shell and bell. I lone it." Dec. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know that it is not the usual way to spell but my name is Michelle shortened to Shellie. I really like Shellie coupled with my middle name Shellie Rae. It kind of rolls off the tongue and people say that it really embodies my personality. I have gotten the joking nick names like shell bell, shelldon, and smellie shellie but all in good fun. People usual spell it wrong but I have to say that people always remember my name. Not sure if it's because it's not a hugely popular name or if it's just simply and easy to remember. Either way it's a great name :)!" Nov. 7, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "They have a page for the Shelleys. This page is for those of us with 1 "e", so yes, here it's spelled Shelly. :)" Apr. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelli. Teachers always asked if it was nickname. They also pronounced it Shelia instead. Lol. I've always loved the spelling my mom choose! However, you can never find a mug or pen as a kid. I think Shelli with an i & no e is more unique ☺" Jul. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shelley Jean...that's me. People think my first name is short for Michelle, but it's not. Most people spell my name without the second "E", but that's ok. My favorite nickname is "Shellster"." May. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly. I was named after my great grandfather who was named William Shelly, but went by Shelly. I have always liked that I was the only one in my class named that." May. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I, too, am a Shelly. I like the spelling of it but think the Shelli is cute too. People often spell it wrong (Shelley) but that is not a big deal. I was ShellyBean throughout high school and into my 20s. I am also ShellBell, Shelly Belly, and most commonly Shel. When people call me Shel, it is a sign we are more than just acquaintances! :D I also have the middle name of Lynn as the other Shelley above and agree that Shelly Lynn does not go together... lol However, in general I really like my name." Feb. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "In elementary and middle school, I knew a girl named Shelly (she had such beautiful penmanship, and I just thought her name was awsome). One of the kindest, prettiest girls in our class. I know, this is the place to discuss how/why we like this name... to this day, whenever there is a rare occassion that I hear this name, I think of that girl from school. I like this unique name! What I mean is, some times, people make such an impression on us that their name carries their personality evermore, in our minds." Nov. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Haven't seen any others on here - my mom named me Shelli - with an "i". Not many, but I have seen a few. Born in 1959, I didn't know any others in grade school, but ended up that I graduated with about 6 or 7 out of about 400!" Dec. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Shelley. I think most people think the second E is optional because I often have it spelled different ways in one e-mail! One of my friends called me Shellface, which was weird but I love her anyway. My older sister always called me Shell, so I feel good about anyone who does that. It wouldn't be my first choice for a name, but a guy who worked with me named his daughter Shelley after a character in the book Exodus. I like the nickname that they gave her: ShelleyBean." Apr. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Shelley-Louise and I am known as Shelley by people. I am very fond of my name because it is unusual and not many people have it. Sometimes it is a bit annoying whe people misspell my name without the second e but I don't get upset by it. Again I had the silly names at school like shelley welly, smelly shelley and shelley belly but I like the nicknames that people have come up with and these varie from Shell Bells, Shellaroo, Shezza and Shellina. I'm known to those I love as Shells :D" Mar. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly Rosalie. Named that for no reason, but that my Mom liked the name...I didn't like it, but I do now. Born in '75. My sister calls me Shellyrella because I used to act like I was so tired and my feet hurt when it was time to do chores. So I guess I was acting "overworked" and she used The spin on the name stuck. Also had friends call me Shelfish...I used to draw fish a lot (? Don't know why)...ofcourse I was called all the other terrible names as well. I prefer just being called Shel. Short, sweet, simple. Shelster...that too. I'm happy with the name, have only met a few w/my older lady I know is Shelley, with the e...Rosalie (middle name) comes from My polish grandmother. Thought that was more a hispanic name-guess its universal. :0)" Feb. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my is not very common...however I read in a baby book that my name meant music and now I am reading that it means a sloping or clearing near a ledge...that sounds boring...and I am anything but boring!" Feb. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley. I don't like my name. I don't think it fits me, and people always spell it like Shelly not Shelley! It's so annoying to correct people. I mean sometmes I like it because it's different and no one else has ever had the same name I do through schooling and stuff...But I'm not a shelley." Jan. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley with the extra e. My nan wanted it to be different and more english. Most people in england spell it without the e and sometimes its such a pain to have to correct them but most of the time i don't bother. I like how different it is to most people's names but not very fond of the nicknames - smelly shelley etc" Jan. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "In my experiences, the name Shelly has suited me just fine. Although, I am called Michelle quite often after meeting people. No. If my name was Michelle, I would've introduced myself as such. It wasn't a problem whatsoever when I was a child but it has become an issue now that I am almost 30. I don't mind when people misspell my name and add the extra "e". That's the way most people know to spell it because of the famous Shelleys: Shelley Winter, Shelley Fabares (sp?), Mary Shelley, Percy Blysse Shelley, Shelley Long etc. However, it is irritating that people constantly mistake my name for something else entirely: Kelly, Cheryl, Sherry, Shirley, Chelsea... and as mentioned before, the nick names: Smelly Shelly and Shelly Belly. My favorite nickname was given to me by a long time friend, Shellybellybean. Overall, I don't have a problem with my name. It's short, sweet and to the point. Can't argue with that. And in my graduating class of 650, I was the only one. No one ever had to say, "which Shelly?"" Dec. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister named my Shelley. She had a Shelley in her class in the 1960's and thought it was cool. I've always liked my name, because there were not enough Shelley's for it to be overused but it's a name that everyone seems to like. I don't know what it will be like to be a "Shelley" in old age though, in movies, a character named Shelley is usually young and flirty or a homebreaker(as in The First Wives Club)." Dec. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also called shelley, and what I hate about my name is it rymes with everything, smelly shelley, shelley belly etc" Oct. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shelly yes a true shelly its unique our name is our vitue its nice to be called shelly and 4 me to be the only one to reply. x" Sep. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always been called shelly, but my name is Michelle. My mom wanted to call me Shelly, but my dad didn't think they should use a nickname for a real name. I realize that Shelly is a "real" name, but it is also short for Michelle just like Becky is short for Rebecka and John is short for Johnathan. So, those of you referring to us as "fake" really ought to get over it." Mar. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley and I love it for a name. There are so many sarahs, ashleys, brittanys, ect,... and I love when people say my name and i'm the only person who turns around. My middle name is Lynn it doesn't really go well Shelley Lynn but oh well and I like it with the extra "E"" Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelley and I love it for a name. There are so many sarahs, ashleys, brittanys, ect,... and I love when people say my name and i'm the only person who turns around. My middle name is Lynn it doesn't really go well Shelley Lynn but oh well and I like it with the extra "E"" Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always spell it "Shelley" -- and I spell it SHELLY" Jun. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ironically I'm a Shelley and I get just as wound up when people spell it 'Shelly' without an 'e' as you all do when yours is spelt with an 'e'... But there are many more Shelly's in the US than Shelley's, so people are way more likely to spell my name wrong than yours :) Either way I think we're all lucky because everyone I meet always thinks it's a great name..." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi Folks, My name is Shelly; plain and simple. I like my name, but it doesn't bother me if people spell it Shelley - no big deal! I got a chuckle at reading everyone getting bent out of shape over the extra "e" or Michelle thing. Only one person has asked if my name was really Michelle. Shelly - It's a good name, though it does rhyme with Smelly :) But even that's kinda funny! Cheers!" Mar. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello, my name is Shelly. When I was young I didn't really like it because kids are cruel...I would always get something like "Shelly Belly is smelly". Which now is quite funny but then not so funny! As I've gotten older I've come to really love my name! Thanks mom!! It's quite unique & very rarely do I find others with the same name." Nov. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelly, I was born when the name was most popular. My mother wanted to name me Michelle and call me Shelly, thank god my father said "If you want to call her Shelly then name her Shelly." I have always hated people spelling my name with an "ey" at the end. Alot of my friends wrote my name that way growing up. And as an Adult people think my name is Michelle. I dislike people who are fake shelly's. I have never understand why people find it so difficult calling my Shelly, not kelly, melody, sherry, or shirley. I have only met one other true Shelly in 44 years. I have always been very proud of my name. Those closest to me refer to me as Shell." May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Shelly and i spell it without an extra E . my parents wanted it to be unique" Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Shelly, its spelt without the second E for inividuality (my parents water it to be uncommon), im not a michelle but i sometimes get kelly, sally, shirley, over the telephone at work, and it drives me nuts when people spell it shellEy, especially my close friends and work collegues. i like my name, its fun and light, sort of reminds me of a relaxed and polite person." Feb. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shelly too! I never liked my name going up because it was so different. I was the only shelly throughout all my years in school. For some reason i get offended when people spell it shelley and don't think twice, it's make me feel good to know other people spell it the same way. i don't know to many who spell without an e." Jan. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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