What does Shirley mean?
Shirley [shirley] as a girls' 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 variants: Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Sherrlie, Sheryl▼, Shirell, Shirelle, Shirely, Shirl, Shirlea, Shirlee▼, Shirleen, Shirleigh, Shirlene, Shirlinda, Shirline, Shirlley, Shirly, Shirlyn and Shurlee.
Affiliated girl name: Shelley.Creative forms:
(female) Shirla, Shirle, ..
(male) Shirer, Shirney, .. Middle name pairings:
Shirley Mikaela (S.M.), ..
How popular is Shirley?
Shirley is a very popular first name for women (#27 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1176 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shirley reached its top position of #4 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is currently at #1307. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Shelley, Sheryl, Shirl, Shirlee, Shirleen, Shirlene and Shirly are the prominent related forms of Shirley (#1307 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Shirley were popular during 1930-1939 (average #1100) and have become much less popular since, with versions such as Shirlee becoming less stylish.
Shirley▼ is pronounced similarly to Charlea, Charlee▲, Charley▲, Charly, Sharla, Sharlee, Sharlie and Sharly. Other suggested similar names are Ailey, Billey, Brinley▲, Cailey, Cherrey, Eiley, Emiley, Hailey, Karley, Kiley▼, Marley▲, Paisley▲, Perley, Riley▲, Ripley, Salley, Sh'rae, Shalee, Shaney, Sharae, Sharday, Shardei, Sharee, Sharel, Sharie, Sharitey (see Charity), Sharleen, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharlet, Sharlot, Sharlyn, Shary, Shawney, Shaylee, Shelle, Shellee, Shelly▼, Sheray, Sheree▼, Shereen, Sherees (see Cherise), Sherey, Sherez, Sherie, Sherlene, Sherrey, Shery, Sherye, Sheryle, Shiela, Shila, Shilah, Shilea, Shira, Shiral, Shirece, Shiree, Shireen, Shirine, Sidney▼, Sile, Silvy, Sisley, Sissey, Tilley and Whitley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shirley.See names in meaning and etymology.