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 (Ashley, Courtney, 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.

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Famous quotes containing the word shelley:

    Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
    —Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    I met Murder on the way—
    He had a mask like Castlereagh—
    —Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    ‘All that was, seemed as if it had been not;
    And all the gazer’s mind was strewn beneath
    Her feet like embers; and she, thought by thought,
    ‘Trampled its sparks into the dust of death;
    —Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)