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For other uses, see Shelley (disambiguation).

In many baby name books, Shelley is listed as meaning "From the meadow on the ledge" or "clearing on a bank" sometimes truthful and pretty. It is Old English in origin. As with many other names (Courtney, Lindsey, etc.), Shelley is today a name given almost exclusively to girls after historically being male. Shelley is also a transferred surname used by those in Essex, Suffolk and Yorkshire, particularly in settlements where a wood/clearing was beside a ledge or hillside. Notable people with the name include:


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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Shelley Marsh, a secondary character on the Comedy Central show South Park
  • Shelley Unwin, a character in the British TV series Coronation Street
  • Shelley Winters, a main character in the popular webcomic Scary Go Round


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