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Shirley

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright Meadow
  • #80 All Time
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Boys

How popular is the name "Shirley" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 18 8 10
1881 7 0 7
1882 20 9 11
1883 31 18 13
1884 29 18 11
1885 33 16 17
1886 33 16 17
1887 29 20 9
1888 46 32 14
1889 55 42 13
1890 59 40 19
1891 50 35 15
1892 73 58 15
1893 67 52 15
1894 69 47 22
1895 72 44 28
1896 67 55 12
1897 81 61 20
1898 85 70 15
1899 88 74 14
1900 142 110 32
1901 105 95 10
1902 126 104 22
1903 119 102 17
1904 162 138 24
1905 178 162 16
1906 210 187 23
1907 264 247 17
1908 306 284 22
1909 314 281 33
1910 342 318 24
1911 397 362 35
1912 555 489 66
1913 797 684 113
1914 1,047 906 141
1915 1,306 1,135 171
1916 1,400 1,245 155
1917 1,972 1,800 172
1918 2,836 2,654 182 #98 girl name
1919 3,346 3,149 197 #89 girl name
1920 4,911 4,715 196 #56 girl name
1921 5,922 5,695 227 #44 girl name
1922 6,636 6,407 229 #39 girl name
1923 8,151 7,919 232 #26 girl name
1924 9,713 9,488 225 #19 girl name
1925 10,737 10,514 223 #17 girl name
1926 11,975 11,761 214 #14 girl name
1927 13,556 13,314 242 #9 girl name
1928 14,456 14,208 248 #10 girl name
1929 14,847 14,583 264 #9 girl name
1930 15,051 14,778 273 #11 girl name
1931 14,643 14,404 239 #9 girl name
1932 14,712 14,470 242 #9 girl name
1933 14,529 14,316 213 #9 girl name
1934 23,124 22,836 288 #4 girl name
1935 42,792 42,357 435 #2 girl name
1936 35,537 35,156 381 #2 girl name
1937 27,149 26,812 337 #4 girl name
1938 24,035 23,770 265 #5 girl name
1939 20,684 20,446 238 #5 girl name
1940 18,086 17,872 214 #9 girl name
1941 17,124 16,950 174 #10 girl name
1942 17,948 17,743 205 #12 girl name
1943 18,005 17,819 186 #12 girl name
1944 16,435 16,307 128 #15 girl name
1945 16,295 16,151 144 #14 girl name
1946 18,009 17,865 144 #18 girl name
1947 17,774 17,650 124 #19 girl name
1948 16,200 16,129 71 #20 girl name
1949 17,359 17,276 83 #18 girl name
1950 15,974 15,893 81 #19 girl name
1951 13,987 13,909 78 #27 girl name
1952 12,600 12,534 66 #28 girl name
1953 12,211 12,141 70 #29 girl name
1954 10,972 10,906 66 #33 girl name
1955 9,800 9,749 51 #37 girl name
1956 9,482 9,428 54 #41 girl name
1957 8,909 8,847 62 #46 girl name
1958 8,145 8,092 53 #52 girl name
1959 7,325 7,285 40 #61 girl name
1960 6,458 6,411 47 #70 girl name
1961 5,667 5,631 36 #86 girl name
1962 4,909 4,873 36 #96 girl name
1963 4,412 4,385 27 #99 girl name
1964 3,989 3,962 27
1965 3,400 3,370 30
1966 2,957 2,920 37
1967 2,542 2,511 31
1968 2,155 2,142 13
1969 1,892 1,867 25
1970 1,648 1,629 19
1971 1,604 1,586 18
1972 1,349 1,336 13
1973 1,165 1,158 7
1974 1,020 1,008 12
1975 881 875 6
1976 846 834 12
1977 776 776 0
1978 656 647 9
1979 677 670 7
1980 610 602 8
1981 579 579 0
1982 607 600 7
1983 517 507 10
1984 481 476 5
1985 499 494 5
1986 441 436 5
1987 465 459 6
1988 468 462 6
1989 456 456 0
1990 472 472 0
1991 446 446 0
1992 454 449 5
1993 412 405 7
1994 379 379 0
1995 342 342 0
1996 339 339 0
1997 333 333 0
1998 293 293 0
1999 231 231 0
2000 259 259 0
2001 305 305 0
2002 259 259 0
2003 313 313 0
2004 240 240 0
2005 284 284 0
2006 248 248 0
2007 287 287 0
2008 303 303 0
2009 232 232 0
2010 176 176 0
2011 188 188 0
2012 176 176 0
2013 173 173 0
2014 200 200 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Shirley? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 694,206 babies born with the name Shirley in the United States. That's more than enough Shirleys to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 18 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Shirley" was in 1935 with a total of 42,357 babies. (That's a lot of baby Shirleys)

According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Shirley" ranks #19 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 419 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1921. Across the entire United States a total of 5,922 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Shirley popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Shirley in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the gulf coast area? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Shirley" mean? The list below shows the origins of Shirley as well as things modernly associated with the name Shirley such as celebrities named Shirley.

English

Origin and Meaning of Shirley

The name "Shirley" is of English origin, and it means "Bright Meadow". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple is a film actress (1932-50)tv actress/entertainer (1958-65)public servant (1969-92) with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1932 to 1992. Shirley was born in 1928 as Shirley Temple in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey is a singer specializing in traditional pop, adult contemporary, and pop music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1953 to present. Shirley was born in 1937 as Shirley Veronica Bassey in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales.

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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine is an actress, singer, dancer, and author with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1953 to present. Shirley was born in 1934 as Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

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Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson is a musician, lyricist, songwriter, and record producer specializing in alternative rock and electronic rock music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1981 to present. Shirley was born in 1966 as Shirley Ann Manson in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Shirley Henderson

Shirley Henderson is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1987 to present. Shirley was born in 1965 in Forres, Moray, Scotland.

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Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1943 to 2006. Shelley was born in 1920 as Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

S is for sensational, you know how to make a splash!

H is for humble, a saintly quality.

I is for impressive, your list of qualities.

R is for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

L is for loyalty, that you show.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

Y is for young, the years never show!

Your name in reverse order is "Yelrihs". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ryesihl". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Shirley born Jun 3, 1949

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of New Guinea approximately on 1825. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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