Shelley Family History
Shelley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the three places called Shelley (Essex Suffolk Yorkshire) or from Shelley Plain in Crawley (Sussex). The placenames all derive from Old English scelf ‘rock ledge shelf’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Irish (Laois): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Sealbhaigh ‘descendant of Sealbhach’ a byname from the adjective sealbhach ‘having possessions wealthy’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press