Shirley Breitner in the US

  1. #37,103,086 Shirley Breitha
  2. #37,103,087 Shirley Breithaupt
  3. #37,103,088 Shirley Breitigam
  4. #37,103,089 Shirley Breitmaier
  5. #37,103,090 Shirley Breitner
  6. #37,103,091 Shirley Breitschopf
  7. #37,103,092 Shirley Brells
  8. #37,103,093 Shirley Bremmer
  9. #37,103,094 Shirley Brend
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Meaning & Origins

Transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from any of the various places (in the West Midlands, Derbyshire, Hampshire, and Surrey) named in Old English from scīr ‘county, shire’ or scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘wood, clearing’. It was given by Charlotte Brontë to the heroine of her novel Shirley (1849). According to the novel, her parents had selected the name in prospect of a male child and used it regardless. Shirley had earlier been used as a boy's name (Charlotte Brontë refers to it as a ‘masculine cognomen’), but this literary influence fixed it firmly as a girl's name. It was strongly reinforced during the 1930s and 40s by the popularity of the child film star Shirley Temple (b. 1928).
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German: variant of Breiter.
71,573rd in the U.S.

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