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What does Shirley mean?

Shirley Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old english, bright (light), meadow, black.


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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shirley name in U.S.

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shirley, Shelley, Sheryl, Shirl, Shirlee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shirleen, Shirlene, Shirly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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