What does Shirley mean?
Shirley \sh(ir)-ley\ 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Shelley.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Shirley for girls. Shirley reached its top position of #4 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Shirley and affiliated names. Shelley, Sheryl, Shirlee and Shirlene are the prominent related forms of Shirley appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5496%) and have become much less popular since, with the versions Shelley, Sheryl, Shirlee, Shirlene and Shirley becoming somewhat outmoded. (2014 Birth Statistics)