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 a very popular first name for females (#27 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1016 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shirley for girls. Shirley reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shirley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shirley, Shirlene, Shirlee, Sheryl and Shelley. (2014 statistics).