Shelley comes from an English surname made up of Old English elements scylf (shelf) and lēah (clearing, wood, woodland), essentially meaning “clearing on a shelf” or “clearing on a hillside, and was originally used as a locational name for someone who lived near a clearing located on the side of a hill or valley. Although it was originally used as a male name, it’s become more popular for girls.
Shelley could also be used as a nickname for Sheldon.
- Shelly (English)
- Shellie (English)
- Shelli (English)