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Girl Name: Shirley

Name: Shirley
Pronunciation: \sh(ir)-ley\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Shirley's also a boy name)
Meaning: bright meadow
Origin: English
Related Names: Shelley
Sounds Like: Charley, Sharly, Sharlee
Variant forms: Sherlee, Sherli, Sherlie, Sherrlie, Sheryl, Shirell, Shirelle, Shirely, Shirl, Shirlea, Shirlee, Shirleen, Shirleigh, Shirlene, Shirlinda, Shirline, Shirlley, Shirly, Shirlyn, Shurlee
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 27
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 1016

Description

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.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Shirley.

Popularity

Shirley is a very popular first name for women (#27 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#1016 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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