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pinWhat does Shirley mean?

Shirley /shir-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.

Affiliated girl name: Shelley.

Kreatif forms: Shirla, Shirle, Shirryl. [more]

pinHow 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)

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 U.S. SSA Records)

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shirley outside U.S.

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 relations of Shirley were popular during 1950-1959 (average #450) and have become much less popular since, with versions such as Shirley becoming less stylish.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shirley, Shelley, Sheryl, Shirlee, Shirlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shirley and related baby names outside U.S.

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Shirley is pronounced similarly to Charlea, Charlee, Charley, Charly, Sharla, Sharlee, Sharlie and Sharly. Other suggested similar baby 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, Sharleen, Sharlena, Sharlene, Sharlet, Sharlot, Sharlyn, Shary, Shawney, Shaylee, Shelle, Shellee, Shelly, Sheray, Sheree, Shereen, Sherees, 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.