Shirley Fears in the US

  1. #4,316,157 Shirley Ewell
  2. #4,316,158 Shirley Eyler
  3. #4,316,159 Shirley Falbo
  4. #4,316,160 Shirley Faul
  5. #4,316,161 Shirley Fears
  6. #4,316,162 Shirley Feltman
  7. #4,316,163 Shirley Feltz
  8. #4,316,164 Shirley Feuerstein
  9. #4,316,165 Shirley Fillinger
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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).
84th in the U.S.
English: patronymic from Fear.
6,856th in the U.S.

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