Shirley Cannady in the US

  1. #1,248,862 Shirley Bowie
  2. #1,248,863 Shirley Brant
  3. #1,248,864 Shirley Buford
  4. #1,248,865 Shirley Burdette
  5. #1,248,866 Shirley Cannady
  6. #1,248,867 Shirley Chaplin
  7. #1,248,868 Shirley Charlton
  8. #1,248,869 Shirley Clegg
  9. #1,248,870 Shirley Coakley
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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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Americanized form of Irish–Scottish Kennedy.
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