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Origin: Israel
Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Shirley has its origins in the Old English words "scire," meaning "shire," or "scīr," meaning "bright," and "lēah," meaning "meadow" or "clearing". It is derived from the English place-name Shirley, which refers to an open space where early English assemblies of freemen, known as moots, would take place. Initially a gender-neutral name, Shirley gained popularity as a feminine name after the publication of Charlotte Brontë's novel "Shirley" in 1849. Some famous people bearing the name Shirley include child star Shirley Temple Black, who later became the United States ambassador to Ghana, and professional wrestler Shirley Crabtree.

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