Shirley

Shirley - A very unique female name



  Apr 20,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Shirley, meaning bright meadow, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #211. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Shirley and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Shirley? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Shirley. The baby girl name Shirley was given to 108 baby girls in 2012, ranking #1418 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 13,086 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Shirley peaked in popularity 84 years ago in 1935 on position 2.



Famous with this name

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley Temple
Shirley Eaton


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Shirley is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Shirley is currently topping the baby name charts in New York at position #469 - and is the least popular in Florida at position #2,277.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Shirley is where you live.


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Shirley origin and meaning

Shirley is a 7 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means bright meadow. To see famous people named Shirley, pop culture references for the name Shirley and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Shirley

We've found the following names that sound similar to Shirley, sorted by popularity.

Sheryl / Sherrill / Shirlee / Sharla / Sherryl / Sharyl / Sherrell / Shirl / Sheryll / Sherril /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20121418
20111238
20101478
20091181
2008957
2007962
20061054
2005861
20041002
2003787
2002915
2001785
2000885
1999962
1998748
1997652
1996676
1995641
1994588
1993596
1992535
1991533
1990512
1989516
1988492
1987466
1986492
1985442
1984443
1983417
1982382
1981391
1980384
1979347
1978337
1977313
1976277
1975278
1974253
1973216
1972207
1971193
1970198
1969173
1968151
1967142
1966123
1965111
1964103
196399
196296
196186
196070
195961
195852
195746
195641
195537
195433
195329
195228
195127
195019
194918
194820
194719
194618
194514
194415
194312
194212
194110
19409
19395
19385
19374
19362
19352
19344
19339
19329
19319
193011
19299
192810
19279
192614
192517
192419
192326
192239
192144
192056
191988
191898
1917124
1916159
1915162
1914157
1913166
1912198
1911197
1910211

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New York469
New Jersey585
California1179
Texas1541
North Carolina1544
Pennsylvania1566
Florida2277

Even more about Shirley


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Shirley a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Shirley?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1935
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Shirley
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 13,086
Letter count 7
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +108

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