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Shirley

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Origin: Old English
Meaning: From the White Meadow

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Shirley

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Shirley in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Shirley:

  • Records indicate that 683,043 girls in the United States have been named Shirley since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1935, when 42,337 people in the U.S. were given the name Shirley. Those people are now 84 years old.

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      19 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Shirley and I live in the UK I was born in 1969 and can only remember one other Shirley at school..haven?t heard of any younger Shirley?s.I think growing up I?d have preferred a different name but once I became an adult I really didn?t mind. I certainly wouldn?t change my name. I?m usually called Shirl by family and friends..always had curly Shirley when we all had permed hair! Or Shirl the Whirl by school friends..nothing awful. I?m called Shirl far more often than Shirley unless my husband is being serious then I get Shirley...but he?s a Bob so gets answered ?yes Robert? in return. Haven?t seen Shirley making a comeback,I?m sure it will one day." Jan. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shirley is my name and I like it. People tell me it is a pretty name which fits me. I did think about updating it by changing the S to a C, to be Chirley and re-invent it. Names that are old are Sara-bible, Elizabeth-queens in history,and Emily which made a comeback. So the name is younger than you realize. Don't think old, but rather that not many have this wonderful name. Perception is the only thing standing in the way." Mar. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1963 and my name is Shirley Marie. Shirley means Bright Meadows. I love flowers and nature and it's a classy name." Mar. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley, at first, I had a problem with it, and people made some jokes. However, it is actually a nice classic and pretty name. Anne of green gables had that name, and she was one of my favorite characters from my childhood in books! Overall a bautiful, unique name! and it had a pretty meaning." Jul. 10, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister was named Shirley Dale (in the late 60's) - after our father, who spelled his name Shirley Dell. She is the 2nd of 4 children; 1 of 3 girls; my brother is 3rd. My father was nicknamed "squirrel" (and thus, call Squirrely Shirley) - my sister was never teased or nicknamed." Nov. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named after my grandfather. His name was Shirley Monte. I was born in 1963, and even for the 60's Shirley was a dying name. I am proud that I was named after my grandfather, and not Shirley Temple. People also need to realize, in the 20's 30's and 40' Carol, Beverly and Kim, were mens names." Jul. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never had any bad experiences with my name Shirley. Unfortunately it now sounds rather dated which is a shame because it is a pretty name. There were several Shirleys in my school in the early 1960's but very few girls are called this name now." Apr. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Shirley. It is not so common as many other names, but I think it is a lot prettier. It sounds classic to me and unique. It is my name and I love it." Apr. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "myname is shirley lou I do like my name but not my middle name. Shirley Ann or Shirley lynn would have been better." Mar. 26, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was the only child my mom was allowed to name. She named me after her friend in high school. My dad hated the name. He wanted to name me Maureen because he had a thing for Irish names. He spelled my name with two ee's at the end: Shirlee because he was going to call me Lee instead. What he ended up calling me was Shirl when he wasn't angry at me. People never pronounce or spell it correctly. I understand the misspell but how do they come up with Shelly, Sherry, Sheryl and the various other oddities, I do not know. I have only personally known one other Shirley. I have my mother's middle name. I can't stand it, so I have never gone by anything other than Shirlee. I think this name will eventually be forgotten." Oct. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was the only child my mom was allowed to name. She named me after her friend in high school. My dad hated the name. He wanted to name me Maureen because he had a thing for Irish names. He spelled my name with two ee's at the end: Shirlee because he was going to call me Lee instead. What he ended up calling me was Shirl when he wasn't angry at me. People never pronounce or spell it correctly. I understand the misspell but how do they come up with Shelly, Sherry, Sheryl and the various other oddities, I do not know. I have only personally known one other Shirley. I have my mother's middle name. I can't stand it, so I have never gone by anything other than Shirlee. I think this name will eventually be forgotten." Oct. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the name Shirley is very cute and classy but I think it needs to come in a little more like the name Amelia! (Not so popular as Amelia though) I personally like it because of the child star Shirley Jane Temple and I think the middle name Jane is cute with Shirley!! Shirley is also very cute as a middle name." Aug. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Shirley! It's so classic and pretty, the meaning is bright meadow! Shirley Temple is amazing! I plan on naming my daughter Shirley when I have one." Jan. 30, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! I was named after Shirley Temple but as I was born in 1962 I did not have any classmates by that name. It just looks like a happy name to me; perhaps because of the impression left by the dancing and singing star of the 1930's." Oct. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Shirley, after my mom who was one of the 1930s Shirleys. She is 8 and loves her name! Old fashioned names are popular again and amongst all the girls with names like Olivia, Eleanore, Esther, Nora and Ruby, Shirley doesn't sound so old fashioned and there aren't any other young Shirleys we have ever met. My daughter likes being the only one, but not having a bizarre, made up mis-spelled name in order to be unique." Jun. 27, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people have trouble pronouncing and remembering my name. I just wish they could learn it and memorize it. They pronounce my name with a "C" instead of "S". but it sounds so prettyyyy...Some find it harder and just rather call me a different name just b/c its easier for them. I had someone call me Shaylee. I had another call me Sherry, and Sheryl....it's a complicated and rare name....for them." Jun. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I worked with a Shirley in the 1980s and regret never establishing a relationship with her...it would've been great! She had a twin sister named Linda but I always made jokes that Laverne would've been a better name for the twin!" Nov. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have meet a fair number of people with the name Shirley and most all of them were in same group (born 1950's). In my second year of high school there was three Shirley's in my class. The spelling of my name is Shirlie, but I go with the "ey" I was named after Shirley Temple, which was my Mother's favorite actress." Jul. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often spell it wrong they usally spell is Shirly but not Shirley.My boyfriend change the whole propse of it he nickname me Sherlock Why I don't know." Jan. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "I hate my name. I have always felt like an old lady. Thanks Mom and Dad :(" Dec. 1, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley, I was born in 1990, and I absolutely hate my name, it is almost like a torture for me to introduce to people my name and hear the "surely" joke. I hate it for many reasons, I don't like the sound of either "Shir" or "ley", and I don't like how this name has the vintage feel while I am a very outgoing/ fashion forward person. "Shir"or "Shirl" are not too much better. I've been wanting to change to my name for so long but because everyone knows my name already and all my legal documents have Shirley on it so I've never made the actual move to change it. But I think I'll just start by asking people to call me other names..." Oct. 26, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1951 and nobody would explain why I was named Shirley. I've guessed after Shirley Temple. But it's without context and I hate it. No easy way to shorten it. Shirl doesn't roll off the tongue. I wish I was a Julia or Kate." Aug. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "i was born in 1971 and named shirley I have always hated the name found it a fuddy duddy old lady grey haired unattractive name I had a legal name change two years ago my new name is katE and I love it no regrets at alll" May. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1956 so peak time of the name and I loathe it, always have, just never felt right, I am not a shirley, I am lucky to have a middle name Deborah so for past 30 years when I was brave enough to defy my mum I started using it, so go by the name debbie, now that feels right" Sep. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I am guessing that I was named after Shirley Temple - my sister was likely named after Marilyn Monroe - lucky her but I have always HATED my name. I was a stockbroker and my chinese clients called me shurey" Aug. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Shirley, born in 1957....it just doesn't get it! (Thanks Mom & Dad for letting sister and brother naming me!)" May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      30 Neutral Comments

  • "My name Is SHIRLEY ANNE, I was named after my mother, my friends called me shishi, shirls, sherlee, and etc. I loveeeee my nameeee hihihihi coz my mom said "Shirley means BRIGHT MEADOWS" and wooowww hihihi, I'm so happy because I read this article muapsss😍😍😂😂 la na ko masabi. I was born in 2004" Sep. 25, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley, and I once was eating at a casual local restaurant and the name "Shirley" was called to announce that someone's order was ready. An older (but cool-looking) lady at the next table jumped up to get the order (and I knew it was too soon to expect my order). After she was out of earshot, the little girl at the same table said, "Who is Shirley?" Her mother said, "That is Gramma's real name! Aren't you glad you don't have such an old-fashioned name?" And the kid said, "Yeah!"" Mar. 6, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1964 and was given the name Shirley by my mother as it was her best friend's name. I have never been made fun of and have had a few jokes but nothing too annoying. I never really liked the name as I too thought it was an older person name...I have never meet anyone born after me with this name. My father gave me my middle name after his aunt Juanita....now the two of those DO NOT go together at all and my last name is IRISH and starts McC....so in the scheme of things...I would have preferred my name go together, and I disliked my middle name more than my first...I guess I grew up wanting a "COOL" name. My sister was named Melissa Michelle McC... now I have to admit that I was jealous about that for a very long time...LOL I will admit to giving my daughter an unusual name with an even more unusual spelling so she will always be unique. She has actually been very pleased with her name....but she will never find it on a keychain...lol" Sep. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Shirley Joanne born in 1964 after my mothers only sibling. I hate it. If I hear "Shirley you can't be serious"or any other lame Shirley joke one more time in my life I am going to spit." Dec. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley Ann, I was born in 1958, I was named after the book Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. I always wanted to be called something a little cooler growing up, I wanted to be a Lynne or Sandy lol !!! My sister is called Suzanne which I think is lovely. She always says I'm the Shirleiest Shirley in the Land, whatever that means hahaha. I always use to get called Sheila, but recently met a Sheila who went to High school with me and she said she use to say to her mum 'Why didn't you call me Shirley' she hated her name Sheila. I would have liked to have been called Elizabeth." Oct. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am shirley jaid. I find no problem with the name shirley. I was named after shirley temple. My friends find it difficult to pronounce it, instead they'll call me shir. I love all my names because many boys had fallen in love with me just because of the name." Aug. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have met several men named Shirley and always thought their parents wanted a girl and the parents never gave it further thought, in using the name for their baby boy." Oct. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Shirley Faye. My mom love this name. I have never like my name. Just doesn't suit me. if she would have put a middle name of Anna I probably like it better" Sep. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't think there is anything wrong with the name shirley, I just that most people my age aren't named that...its pretty old school" Jun. 10, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most Shirley's seem to be in the young senior category. Never minded the name probably because my middle name "Henrietta" was always something to try and hide." Feb. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley Mae... a name given to me by my parents, when I was born in 1946.. The name used to be very popular, but it hasn't been popular for a long time. As usual, I was named after Shirley Temple, and being born in the south, the middle name of Mae just seemed natural to my parents. I love my name because it was the name my parents gave to me. It is who I am, and I wouldn't change it for the world. Seems so many of us get hung up on things like this, always wanting to be something we aren't. I am happy with my name and who I am. One time at a church I was in in Oregon, there were four other Shirleys besides me, and three of them were Shirley Mae, even the pastors wife.. and we were all in that same age bracket.. We loved it. Learn to love your name and who you are. Peace to all." Dec. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley. I think it suits me because I've always been blonde and sunny disposition, but it always sounded harsh whenever my mother called for me. to add to the insult, my mother gave me the middle name Mae after my Gramma. If I'd known I could, I would have gone by Mae all these years. My husband teases they gave me an uncertain name "surely may" and that's why I have trouble making decisions. I made piece with it because I'm also "Mom" and "Gram." I love being called Gram." Jul. 30, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shirley i absolutley loathe it I am changing it by deedpoll as a young women I feel it a curse to be named such a fuddy duddy old curly grey haired lady name my peeers have laughed about it and mocked my name in the past" Feb. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley Ann. My daughters and grand-daughters make fun of the name. My mom loved Shirley Temple and hence my name. My husband calls me Shirl as do some of my friends. One friend calls me Shir. I only have known 3 other Shirleys." Jan. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wouldn't like the name Shirley if not for the famous child actress Shirley Temple, which I adore." Mar. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1923, my dad named after a little girl who came into his butcher shop. I do not remember anyone saying my name wrong. I like my name. My nephew used to call me Shursh, he could n ot say Shirley. the name bloomed after Shirley Temple became famous. Only met one boy named Sirley." Jan. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I a late 1950's Shirley. Mum always said she worked with a lovely girl called Shirley so I was named after her. I hated it as a child but have grown to be immune to it now. If you like a person you like their name. Every place I have worked or club I have been in there has always been another Shirley." Nov. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "ik vind dat niet leuk want mijn dochter heet shirley en dat zal ze ook niet leuk vind doe een anderen naam bijvoorbeeld fabienne of emma" Mar. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Mexican and people pronounce it wrong all the time... so annoying" Jan. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1949 and was named Shirley kaye and never cared for the name"Shirley" I agree with one other Lady who said"people associate the name with older people" ummmmm well truth is most of us Shirley's are older:-)" May. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "it sounds more like a last name i know a ... Shirly" Mar. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shirley and i was born is 1993 i really didnt like it when i was younger but its kind of grown on me i'm omly 16 and i live in ireland and its a very uncommon name for someone my age but some of my fiends call me shirley bassey or just cher for short" Mar. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Whenever I meet another Shirley, I automatically try to guess her age because I was born in 1932 and most "shirleys" seem to be around that age!" Mar. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley. I was born in England in 1955. I don't really like it but can live with it. It has connotations of a middle aged woman with little formal education who is only interested in grandkids and cooking. Yes I am middle aged but I had a good education, have a good career and I hate cooking!" Oct. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Shirley, often called Shirl or Shirls. The only young Shirley I know is my godchild. The name will come back into popularity when we 50 somethings are all in our 90's." Jul. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Charlotte Bronte gave this name to the heroine of her 1849 novel of this name, but Miss Bronte thought of it as a male name at the time. But it was when Shirley Temple became a popular child star of the 1930s that Shirley exploded onto both the American and British charts - but the name has been much less common since the 1960s and is not likely to come back into fashion any time soon." Jan. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a cool name! I really really like it." Nov. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Shirley in China and I love my name very much......." Oct. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS SHIRLEY MARIE. I'M NAMED AFTER MY MOTHER, SHIRLEY ANN. MARIE WAS ADDED BY MY FATHER FROM THE DEAN MARTIN'S VERSION OF "OH MARIE" I'VE JUST LEARNED THAT IT MEANS "BRIGHT MEADOW", SO, NO THAT I KNOW THIS INFORMATION, YOU CAN CALL ME SHIRLEY!!! TEE HEE" Aug. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shirley Ann and I was born in 1951. I think I was named after the delivery room nurse and Shirley Temple. A lot of kids these days don't know how to spell it, which is pitiful. I like it, but don't ever hear of it being used currently with newborns." Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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