This question has been bringing a lot of traffic to my blog lately, so I thought I’d post about it and see what everyone thinks.
Most of us know of Shea as a surname and/or a stadium name. Shea doesn’t currently rank in the top 1,000 for either boys or girls, but the name and its various spellings do appear further down on the SSA’s list:
|Shea||247 girls||155 boys|
|Shae||114 girls||25 boys|
|Shay||107 girls||82 boys|
|Shaye||39 girls||20 boys|
|Shai*||34 girls||44 boys|
|Totals:||541 (62%)||326 (38%)|
Most versions are used more often for girls than for boys.
What do you think — is Shea a boy name or a girl name? How about other versions of the name? (Does spelling matter?)
*Commenter Panya correctly notes that Shai also happens to be an unrelated Hebrew name. It’s impossible to know which Shais are which, though, so I just counted them all as versions of Shea above.