Meaning and Origin of: Shell

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Like God
  • Old English : Clearing on a bank; ledge estate

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from Shell, a place in Worcestershire, so named from Old English scylf ‘bank’, ‘shelf’.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Schelle ‘bell’.
  • Americanized spelling of German Schal or Schill.