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Name Shirley

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About the name Shirley in particular

Gender:female
Languages of use:English
Topics:Asteroid 5624 Shirley, discovered 1991
US 2015 rank:not in the Top 1000; other popularity lists see below
Similarly written:Charley, Harley, Harley, Shelley, Shirel, Whitley     Details
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About Shirley, the group of names with the same origin as Shirley

Meaning/translation:bright clearing
Language of origin:Old English
Info about origin:from a family name that derives from a place name with the meaning bright clearing (with several places carrying this name)
 only used as a female given name since 1849 when Charlotte Brontë used the name in her novel Shirley
Words:scir = bright  Old English
 leah = the wood (in the sense of forest), the clearing (open place within a wood), the meadow  Old English
Topics:Family name, Geographic name
Variants' top ranks:10:Shirley England+Wales 1934
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Popularity lists that contain the name Shirley

SeriesGraphRankings
England+Wales decadesGraph1964 78,  1954 40,  1944 39,  1934 10
France 2002 423
USA decadesGraph1990-1999 598,  1980-1989 396,  1960-1969 105
USA prevalence 1990 27
USA yearlyGraph2008 906,  2007 942,  2005 886,  2004 987,  2003 788,  2002 878,  2001 777,  2000 849,  1999 914,  1998 742,  1997 660,  1996 654,  1995 636,  1994 593,  1993 580
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