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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, 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).

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

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

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).

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

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

Similar Names

Shirley is also pronounced similarly to Charley, Sharlee and Sharly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shirley.