Surely, there's no sunnier name than Shirly! This British pick is rooted in Old English, combining scire, meaning "bright," and lēah, meaning "meadow" or "clearing." Put them together, and you've got one hippy-dippy meaning of "bright meadow." Its twin, Shirley, has been a perennial favorite for over a hundred years, partly due to the bouncy child star Shirley Temple and a novel by Charlotte Brontë. With this rare respelling, baby will always feel one-of-a-kind. They'll be a ray of sunshine on even the cloudiest of days.
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