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Shirley 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 name Shelley. Baby names that sound like Shirley are Charley, Sharly and Sharlee.
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Popularity of Shirley
Shirley is a very popular first name for women (#27 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1016 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Shirley compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Shirley only.