Shirley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Shirley

Shirley

Pronunciation: SHER-lee (key)

Origin of the name Shirley:

Transferred use fo the surname originating from the English place-name Shirley, which is derived from the Old English elements scire (shire) or scīr (bright, clear) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure). The name makes reference to the open space where the moot (an early English assembly of freeman which met to administer justice and discuss community issues) was held. Shirley was originally a male name, but its use in Charlotte Bronë's novel Shirley (1849) established it as a female name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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the name Shirley was also used as a male name in the late 1800's and early 1900's in south particlarity Louisiana

If you name a boy Shirley, you better teach him how to fight!

Famous real-life people named Shirley: | Edit

Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer
Shirley Jones, American actress
Shirley Maclaine, American actress
Shirley Manson, Scottish musician
Shirley Temple, American actress
Shirley Booth, Actress from Hazel series in the fifties!

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Anne Shirley, the protagonist of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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