Shirley Kinder in the US

  1. #1,496,585 Shirley Jenson
  2. #1,496,586 Shirley Kester
  3. #1,496,587 Shirley Ketchum
  4. #1,496,588 Shirley Kidwell
  5. #1,496,589 Shirley Kinder
  6. #1,496,590 Shirley Koonce
  7. #1,496,591 Shirley Lacroix
  8. #1,496,592 Shirley Larry
  9. #1,496,593 Shirley Leclair
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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: habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, of unknown etymology (probably a pre-English hill name, but the form is obscure).
3,258th in the U.S.

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