US Popularity:2877
Meaning:Bright meadow
The name Shirley comes from the Old English words scire, meaning "shire," or scīr, "bright," as well as lēah, meaning "meadow" or "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!

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  • Shirley Temple

Shirley Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Shirley is currently #1381 on The Bump
Boy:Shirley is currently #996 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Shirley is currently #749 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Shirley is currently #2877 in U.S. births
Boy:Shirley is currently #18479 in U.S. births
Girl:Shirley is currently #2938 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

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