Meaning:Bright meadow
The name Shirley comes from the Old English words scire, “shire,” or scīr, “bright,” and lēah, “meadow, clearing.” This gender-neutral title was initially for boys; however, Charlotte Brontë's novel Shirley has popularized it as a chic name for girls since its publication in 1849. One of the most notable figures to bear this name is Shirley Temple Black, a child star who later became the United States ambassador to Ghana. The name Shirley sounds as lively and beautiful as its meaning, _“bright meadow,”_ and is well-known worldwide. Shirley is a charming title for baby, whether they're drawn to the theatre or called to political action (or both!).

Famous People Named Shirley

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  • Shirley Temple
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