Shirley Tilton in the US

  1. #1,387,365 Shirley Slone
  2. #1,387,366 Shirley Snook
  3. #1,387,367 Shirley Spain
  4. #1,387,368 Shirley Storm
  5. #1,387,369 Shirley Tilton
  6. #1,387,370 Shirley Timm
  7. #1,387,371 Shirley Towns
  8. #1,387,372 Shirley Toy
  9. #1,387,373 Shirley True
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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 Tilton in Leicestershire, named with the Old English personal name Tila + Old English tūn ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.
4,204th in the U.S.

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