Origin of shelty
1640–50; shelt (< Old Norse hjaltr native of Shetland) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for sheltie
"People might be walking about," I said to Angus when he lifted me from Sheltie's back.The White People
Frances Hodgson Burnett
I had no bridle for my sheltie, but only a halter; and Joseph rode without a saddle.
We could get but one bridle here, which, according to the maxim detur digniori, was appropriated to Dr. Johnson's sheltie.
I asked our guide, a lad of fourteen years of age, what was the average price of a sheltie.Letters of a Traveller
William Cullen Bryant
C17: probably from Orkney dialect sjalti, from Old Norse Hjalti Shetlander, from Hjaltland Shetland
Word Origin and History for sheltie
"small pony," 1640s, "Shetland pony," from Shelty, abbreviation of Sheltand, metathesis of Shetland. Or the word may represent the Orkney pronunciation of Old Norse Hjalti "Shetlander."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper