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QUICK FACTS ON Shelby

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: American, English
  • Popularity: 44
  • Simple Meaning: Willow Town

CHARACTERISTICS OF Shelby

Intense
Successful
Manager
Ambitious
Talented

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PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON NAMED Shelby

If your name is Shelby, you are likely to have been voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” And if you were, your classmates were not wrong! You are a born manager and organizer, and you are likely to use these skills and talents towards financial and business success. Matched with these talents, of course, is a strong desire and ambition to succeed. With ambition and talent as an unstoppable combination, you have no doubt in your mind that you will achieve anything you set out to do. (And no one else does either!) You are confident, focused, and driven.

When you see things that might get in your way, though, you need to be careful not to get too stressed out or too discouraged. These feelings can lead you to be too tough on yourself and on those around you, which will slow down your progress towards your goal. Also, don’t forget to give yourself a break and relax from time to time. And take some time to enjoy your family and friends, allowing the softer side of your nature to shine through. In the end, a bit of balance will go a long way in helping you achieve your goals!

HISTORICAL ORIGIN – Shelby

The name Shelby actually originated as an English surname coming from the name of a place in England. It is believed that the name came from Old Norse (by way of the Vikings) and meant “willow town.” In the US, Shelby started out as a first name exclusively as a name for boys after the first governor of Kentucky and commander in the Revolutionary War, Isaac Shelby. It then became used for both boys and girls, and then almost exclusively for girls.

POPULARITY OF THE NAME Shelby

The name Shelby started out as a name for boys in the United States, and was originally used over 200 years ago in honor of the Revolutionary War hero Isaac Shelby. As a girls’ name, it came into usage in 1935, after the main character in the movie “The Woman in Red” released the same year. Almost immediately after, it overtook the boys’ name in popularity. It hit its peak as a girls’ name in 1991 at the position of #33.

FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED Shelby

Famous Shelbys include country singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne, black activist Shelby Steele, and author Shelby Foote. Perhaps the most famous celebrity Shelby is a fictional one, the tragic character played by Julia Roberts in the movie “Steel Magnolias.” In that movie, Shelby was the daughter of the character played by Sally Field. Shelby was a childhood diabetic who sacrificed her health (and eventually her life) in order to have a baby. “Steel Magnolias” tells the story of how her mother and her close friends deal with Shelby’s illness and their lives in a small New Orleans town.

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