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  1. #408,350 Shirley Edmonds
  2. #408,351 Shirley Elder
  3. #408,352 Shirley Hendrickson
  4. #408,353 Shirley Joyce
  5. #408,354 Shirley Lanier
  6. #408,355 Shirley Raines
  7. #408,356 Shirley Robison
  8. #408,357 Shirley Simms
  9. #408,358 Shirley Vinson
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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.
French, Dutch, and English: occupational name for someone involved in the wool trade, from an agent derivative of Old French la(i)ne ‘wool’.
1,584th in the U.S.

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