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Meaning and name origin

Shirley \sh(ir)-ley\ as a girl's name is pronounced SURE-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Shirley is "bright meadow". Place name. Made famous by child actress and American ambassador Shirley Temple-Black. Actress Shirley MacLaine; politician Shirley Chisholm; novelist Shirley Hazzard.

Shirley has 20 variant forms: Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Sherrlie, Sheryl, Shirell, Shirelle, Shirely, Shirl, Shirlea, Shirlee, Shirleen, Shirleigh, Shirlene, Shirlinda, Shirline, Shirlley, Shirly, Shirlyn and Shurlee.

For more information, see also the related girl name Shelley.

Shirley is also pronounced similarly to Charley, Sharlee and Sharly.


Shirley is a very popular first name for females (#27 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1016 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Shirley name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Shirley with its variant forms and related girl baby names.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shirley name in U.S.

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