Shirley Kastner in the US

  1. #3,251,151 Shirley Jahnke
  2. #3,251,152 Shirley Jessee
  3. #3,251,153 Shirley Jose
  4. #3,251,154 Shirley Jude
  5. #3,251,155 Shirley Kastner
  6. #3,251,156 Shirley Kays
  7. #3,251,157 Shirley Keeter
  8. #3,251,158 Shirley Kehoe
  9. #3,251,159 Shirley Keitt
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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.
German (also Kästner): from Middle High German kastner, kestner, an occupational name for the steward of a granary (kornkasten) and hence, since general taxation developed from taxes on grain, a steward or treasurer responsible for financial matters at a court, monastery, or other institution.
7,511th in the U.S.

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