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Shelley Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Shelley?

In 2018 the rare name Shelley, ranked the 9,010th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

This once, top 1000 name, Shelley is currently less popular.

Position 126, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1972.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1964 with 2,820 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Shelley in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1919.

Shelley, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1928-1931, 1932-1935, 1936-1954, and 1959-1963, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1974-1978, 1979-2002, and 2008-2012.

Sometimes the name Shelley has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

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

What does the future hold for the popularity of Shelley?

Shelley's popularity is at an extremely low point when measured against its most notable year.

The name Shelley is mostly unused and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Shelley has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Shelley (Girl)Shelley (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 12 9,010 < 5 --
2017 11 9,816 < 5 --
2016 17 7,174 < 5 --
2015 13 8,855 < 5 --
2014 21 6,173 < 5 --
2013 16 7,684 < 5 --
2012 17 7,407 < 5 --
2011 26 5,331 < 5 --
2010 28 5,083 < 5 --
2009 30 4,913 < 5 --
2008 36 4,340 < 5 --
2007 35 4,368 < 5 --
2006 40 3,842 < 5 --
2005 38 3,862 < 5 --
2004 42 3,559 < 5 --
2003 42 3,457 < 5 --
2002 39 3,519 < 5 --
2001 60 2,564 5 12,032
2000 69 2,274 < 5 --
1999 85 1,872 < 5 --
1998 94 1,704 10 6,223
1997 105 1,549 < 5 --
1996 112 1,477 < 5 --
1995 155 1,137 10 5,843
1994 162 1,112 < 5 --
1993 223 872 < 5 --
1992 266 776 < 5 --
1991 257 798 5 9,412
1990 298 706 6 7,961
1989 380 578 6 7,764
1988 426 520 6 7,113
1987 502 442 5 7,956
1986 563 400 8 5,256
1985 570 395 9 4,640
1984 706 330 7 5,485
1983 777 300 6 6,107
1982 848 288 11 3,911
1981 912 272 10 4,102
1980 1,131 226 16 2,938
1979 1,065 243 16 2,879
1978 1,029 238 18 2,554
1977 1,104 226 15 2,888
1976 1,275 194 20 2,316
1975 1,547 171 24 1,991
1974 1,997 142 20 2,188
1973 2,259 127 35 1,457
1972 2,384 126 31 1,558
1971 2,273 140 29 1,663
1970 2,352 144 29 1,609
1969 2,479 135 28 1,561
1968 2,483 129 20 1,824
1967 2,509 142 19 1,844
1966 2,547 140 25 1,572
1965 2,528 148 19 1,850
1964 2,820 143 24 1,654
1963 2,734 148 16 2,104
1962 2,475 162 25 1,618
1961 2,143 180 41 1,248
1960 2,139 182 15 2,194
1959 1,850 191 19 1,907
1958 1,720 197 28 1,509
1957 1,721 200 27 1,542
1956 1,680 196 25 1,600
1955 1,736 192 26 1,533
1954 2,176 161 29 1,429
1953 1,939 168 40 1,186
1952 1,886 164 35 1,268
1951 1,845 166 46 1,065
1950 1,671 170 32 1,285
1949 1,017 233 29 1,372
1948 413 391 18 1,808
1947 219 579 30 1,357
1946 196 571 26 1,405
1945 171 562 28 1,265
1944 132 643 24 1,395
1943 111 734 22 1,523
1942 99 762 21 1,584
1941 52 1,016 19 1,631
1940 63 911 19 1,618
1939 58 929 15 1,865
1938 36 1,227 16 1,802
1937 47 1,045 23 1,439
1936 44 1,060 22 1,455
1935 43 1,070 15 1,906
1934 33 1,258 22 1,492
1933 28 1,396 11 2,351
1932 25 1,564 18 1,771
1931 33 1,282 11 2,445
1930 15 2,289 19 1,744
1929 13 2,565 12 2,443
1928 14 2,485 25 1,515
1927 13 2,678 24 1,598
1926 10 3,241 15 2,172
1925 6 4,887 16 2,073
1924 6 4,971 16 2,121
1923 7 4,318 16 2,109
1922 8 3,963 35 1,239
1921 7 4,390 22 1,700
1920 11 3,069 21 1,738
1919 < 5 -- 26 1,443
1918 8 3,809 16 2,062
1917 6 4,518 15 2,076
1916 < 5 -- 20 1,638
1915 8 3,391 29 1,238
1914 5 4,116 10 2,249
1913 < 5 -- 12 1,662
1912 5 3,367 7 2,238
1911 < 5 -- 9 1,276
1910 < 5 -- 10 1,106
1909 5 2,502 9 1,074
1908 < 5 -- 6 1,354
1907 < 5 -- 6 1,323
1906 < 5 -- 9 914
1905 < 5 -- 6 1,215
1904 < 5 -- 8 953
1903 < 5 -- < 5 --
1902 < 5 -- < 5 --
1901 < 5 -- < 5 --
1900 < 5 -- 9 962
1899 < 5 -- 9 772
1898 5 1,935 5 1,272
1897 < 5 -- < 5 --
1896 < 5 -- 5 1,248
1895 < 5 -- 7 967
1894 < 5 -- 5 1,215
1893 < 5 -- 8 823
1892 6 1,428 < 5 --
1891 < 5 -- < 5 --
1890 < 5 -- < 5 --
1889 < 5 -- < 5 --
1888 < 5 -- < 5 --
1887 < 5 -- < 5 --
1886 < 5 -- < 5 --
1885 < 5 -- < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

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.