Pronunciation: she-e-rle-he-e
Origin: United Kingdom

Emmy Samtani

Emmy Samtani

Emmy is the founder of Kiindred and mother to 3 little ones. Over the last 4 years, she has worked with some of the most credible experts in the parenting space and is a keen contributor on all things parenthood.
Region Origin: British Isles

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.

Shirley Name Popularity Data

chat-overall Overall: Shirley is currently #426 on Kiindred
gender-female Girl: Shirley is currently #231 on Kiindred Girl Names
gender-male Overall Unique: Shirley is currently #421 on Kiindred Unique Names
gender-female Girl Unique: Shirley is currently #231 on Kiindred Girl Unique Names

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Famous People Named Shirley

  • Shirley Temple: Shirley Temple was an American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress in the 1930s. She passed away in 2014.
  • Shirley MacLaine: Shirley MacLaine is an American actress, singer, author, and former dancer known for her roles in "Terms of Endearment," "The Apartment," and "Steel Magnolias."
  • Shirley Jones: Shirley Jones is an American actress and singer known for her roles in musical films such as "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," and the television series "The Partridge Family."
  • Shirley Bassey: Dame Shirley Bassey is a Welsh singer known for her powerful voice and theme songs for the James Bond films, including "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds Are Forever."