The English surname Shively is of locative origin and is chiefly found in the north of England. The name Shively is of locational derivation either from a place called Shepley in Yorkshire, or from places called Shipley in Derbyshire, Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex and Yorkshire. The place in Derbyshire is found as "Scipelie" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Shipley in Yorkshire appears as "Scipeleia", also in the Domesday Book. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1839 when Martin Shively arrived in Alleghany County Pennsylvania. Today in the United States there are approximately 7,000 bearers of the surname Shively.
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