Shirley Mahaffey in the US

  1. #2,300,719 Shirley Longwell
  2. #2,300,720 Shirley Lozano
  3. #2,300,721 Shirley Macias
  4. #2,300,722 Shirley Mackin
  5. #2,300,723 Shirley Mahaffey
  6. #2,300,724 Shirley Mahon
  7. #2,300,725 Shirley Mangold
  8. #2,300,726 Shirley Marchant
  9. #2,300,727 Shirley Mask
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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.
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhuibhshithe (see McAfee). In Ireland this name belongs mainly to County Donegal.
4,019th in the U.S.

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