Shirley Vahey in the US

  1. #20,062,180 Shirley Utton
  2. #20,062,181 Shirley Utzinger
  3. #20,062,182 Shirley Uwanawich
  4. #20,062,183 Shirley Vadas
  5. #20,062,184 Shirley Vahey
  6. #20,062,185 Shirley Vahle
  7. #20,062,186 Shirley Valacich
  8. #20,062,187 Shirley Valade
  9. #20,062,188 Shirley Valandingham
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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 (Mayo): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac M(h)ic an Bheathadh, a patronymic from Mac an Bheathadh, from a personal name meaning ‘son of life’.
37,245th in the U.S.

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