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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 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 name popularity of the name Shirley for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shirley and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shelley, Sheryl, Shirlee, Shirlene and Shirley. (2015 statistics).
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