Shirley Tiernan in the US

  1. #13,131,497 Shirley Thurkettle
  2. #13,131,498 Shirley Tichnell
  3. #13,131,499 Shirley Tidball
  4. #13,131,500 Shirley Tierce
  5. #13,131,501 Shirley Tiernan
  6. #13,131,502 Shirley Tigar
  7. #13,131,503 Shirley Tigue
  8. #13,131,504 Shirley Tilburg
  9. #13,131,505 Shirley Timberman
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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 (Westmeath and Mayo): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tíghearnáin ‘descendant of Tíghearnán’, a diminutive of Tighearna, a byname meaning ‘lord’, ‘master’. Compare Tierney, McKiernan. Woulfe believes Ó Tíghearnáin to be a variant of Ó Tíghearnaigh (see Tierney) in both counties.
11,270th in the U.S.

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