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Shelby Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Shelby?

In 2018 the somewhat popular name Shelby, ranked the 426th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 500 most popular, Shelby has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

Position 33, its highest popularity ranking, was reached in 1991 with 10,218 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Shelby in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1930.

Shelby, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1931-1937, 1967-1972, and 1986-1991, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1937-1944, 1945-1948, 1975-1979, and 1995-2017.

Shelby became more popular as a girls name in 1936.

The popularity trend for Shelby has been spiralling downward for a while. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Shelby has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Shelby?

Shelby's popularity is at a very low point when measured against its most notable year.

The name Shelby still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Shelby is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Shelby (Girl)Shelby (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 732 426 29 3,748
2017 835 372 33 3,418
2016 981 339 38 3,100
2015 1,073 300 32 3,496
2014 1,110 294 35 3,203
2013 1,235 261 47 2,589
2012 1,444 220 46 2,670
2011 1,459 218 44 2,732
2010 1,677 184 45 2,719
2009 1,934 168 45 2,739
2008 2,145 158 76 1,915
2007 2,350 149 73 1,941
2006 2,617 133 71 1,914
2005 2,839 117 68 1,884
2004 2,988 112 87 1,540
2003 3,535 94 77 1,642
2002 3,961 75 108 1,265
2001 4,369 68 101 1,304
2000 4,559 70 129 1,094
1999 5,018 62 171 886
1998 5,893 49 165 887
1997 6,700 43 199 751
1996 7,949 35 305 590
1995 7,632 38 335 557
1994 7,546 40 362 536
1993 8,121 36 403 512
1992 9,397 34 454 473
1991 10,218 33 524 427
1990 3,517 100 354 525
1989 1,203 229 205 694
1988 881 284 184 691
1987 898 273 176 686
1986 900 276 172 694
1985 884 282 177 663
1984 1,041 242 146 721
1983 643 351 157 686
1982 435 479 125 793
1981 512 424 135 752
1980 482 443 134 759
1979 428 473 144 723
1978 483 419 167 651
1977 553 384 187 615
1976 575 365 176 616
1975 746 308 196 577
1974 799 299 184 589
1973 677 328 171 608
1972 754 319 173 605
1971 556 393 188 609
1970 400 498 159 650
1969 325 548 174 593
1968 320 537 143 636
1967 293 551 129 659
1966 304 540 156 600
1965 274 577 113 702
1964 317 557 117 715
1963 370 507 137 671
1962 369 503 117 714
1961 388 494 132 676
1960 308 559 158 620
1959 356 517 131 667
1958 383 488 127 676
1957 367 494 130 673
1956 345 506 131 667
1955 344 490 151 603
1954 310 505 153 599
1953 262 532 122 647
1952 228 576 132 617
1951 232 558 162 533
1950 248 519 143 567
1949 241 533 147 554
1948 266 500 160 526
1947 369 425 145 563
1946 397 383 171 494
1945 333 388 153 489
1944 367 366 162 476
1943 491 314 200 448
1942 598 279 159 488
1941 826 213 168 456
1940 1,007 187 177 436
1939 1,165 170 206 395
1938 1,713 142 214 386
1937 1,997 119 203 389
1936 1,071 178 151 458
1935 67 848 121 527
1934 17 1,989 133 499
1933 18 1,898 116 530
1932 17 2,019 104 582
1931 11 2,733 110 562
1930 < 5 -- 111 570
1929 10 3,111 110 570
1928 19 2,014 97 628
1927 11 3,025 124 556
1926 < 5 -- 120 562
1925 9 3,620 128 545
1924 7 4,383 110 611
1923 7 4,317 126 553
1922 10 3,346 128 564
1921 12 2,912 136 536
1920 10 3,312 146 500
1919 7 4,198 141 501
1918 5 5,479 113 574
1917 9 3,313 119 535
1916 10 3,005 100 579
1915 5 4,859 90 608
1914 5 4,115 84 537
1913 5 3,635 38 775
1912 < 5 -- 48 591
1911 < 5 -- 30 561
1910 < 5 -- 29 534
1909 < 5 -- 26 517
1908 < 5 -- 31 437
1907 < 5 -- 14 731
1906 < 5 -- 29 408
1905 < 5 -- 18 566
1904 < 5 -- 12 716
1903 < 5 -- 18 521
1902 < 5 -- 11 732
1901 < 5 -- 14 554
1900 < 5 -- 20 552
1899 < 5 -- 17 476
1898 < 5 -- 22 433
1897 < 5 -- 14 579
1896 < 5 -- 14 586
1895 < 5 -- 16 524
1894 < 5 -- 14 561
1893 < 5 -- 11 645
1892 < 5 -- 19 458
1891 < 5 -- 6 947
1890 < 5 -- 11 625
1889 < 5 -- 11 622
1888 < 5 -- 15 522
1887 < 5 -- 14 482
1886 < 5 -- 9 688
1885 < 5 -- 10 633
1884 < 5 -- 16 484
1883 < 5 -- 8 716
1882 < 5 -- 13 538
1881 < 5 -- 11 560
1880 < 5 -- 8 738

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.