Shelby, meaning “from the manor house,” is a great name for girl dogs who are tough or independent. Find out more about dogs named Shelby.


Name: Shelby

Meaning: The name Shelby is both English and Scandinavian. In both languages it means “from the manor house” or “willow farm.”

Personality: Tough, Independent

About This Name: Record label producer Shelby Singleton had a hand in several notable artists’ careers, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Brook Benton and Dave Dudley. Other well-known Shelbys include Shelby Lynne (singer), Shelby Lyons (athlete) and Shelby Steele (author). In Smallville, Clark Kent’s Golden Retriever was named Shelby. The most memorable Shelby is a fictional character played by Julia Roberts in the movie Steel Magnolias. Her character, Shelby Eatenton Latcherie, struggles to overcome diabetes.

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