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  1. #17,825,746 Shirley Tible
  2. #17,825,747 Shirley Tibor
  3. #17,825,748 Shirley Tichnell
  4. #17,825,749 Shirley Tien
  5. #17,825,750 Shirley Tiernan
  6. #17,825,751 Shirley Tietze
  7. #17,825,752 Shirley Tigue
  8. #17,825,753 Shirley Tijerina
  9. #17,825,754 Shirley Tilburg
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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.
11,257th in the U.S.

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