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Shirley

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How popular is the baby 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 71 43 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 1,973 1,801 172
1918 2,836 2,654 182 #98 girl name
1919 3,346 3,149 197 #89 girl name
1920 4,910 4,714 196 #56 girl name
1921 5,922 5,695 227 #44 girl name
1922 6,637 6,408 229 #39 girl name
1923 8,150 7,918 232 #26 girl name
1924 9,713 9,488 225 #19 girl name
1925 10,738 10,515 223 #17 girl name
1926 11,975 11,761 214 #14 girl name
1927 13,555 13,313 242 #9 girl name
1928 14,459 14,211 248 #10 girl name
1929 14,842 14,578 264 #9 girl name
1930 15,054 14,781 273 #11 girl name
1931 14,640 14,401 239 #9 girl name
1932 14,716 14,474 242 #9 girl name
1933 14,528 14,315 213 #9 girl name
1934 23,127 22,839 288 #4 girl name
1935 42,789 42,354 435 #2 girl name
1936 35,542 35,161 381 #2 girl name
1937 27,149 26,812 337 #4 girl name
1938 24,035 23,770 265 #5 girl name
1939 20,685 20,447 238 #5 girl name
1940 18,090 17,876 214 #9 girl name
1941 17,124 16,950 174 #10 girl name
1942 17,948 17,743 205 #12 girl name
1943 18,004 17,818 186 #12 girl name
1944 16,435 16,307 128 #15 girl name
1945 16,294 16,151 143 #14 girl name
1946 18,011 17,866 145 #18 girl name
1947 17,771 17,647 124 #19 girl name
1948 16,200 16,129 71 #20 girl name
1949 17,359 17,276 83 #18 girl name
1950 15,978 15,896 82 #19 girl name
1951 13,988 13,910 78 #27 girl name
1952 12,596 12,530 66 #28 girl name
1953 12,212 12,143 69 #29 girl name
1954 10,975 10,909 66 #33 girl name
1955 9,797 9,746 51 #37 girl name
1956 9,481 9,427 54 #41 girl name
1957 8,909 8,847 62 #46 girl name
1958 8,145 8,092 53 #52 girl name
1959 7,324 7,283 41 #61 girl name
1960 6,458 6,411 47 #70 girl name
1961 5,668 5,632 36 #85 girl name
1962 4,907 4,871 36 #96 girl name
1963 4,412 4,385 27 #99 girl name
1964 3,991 3,964 27
1965 3,400 3,369 31
1966 2,956 2,920 36
1967 2,542 2,511 31
1968 2,156 2,143 13
1969 1,891 1,866 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 678 671 7
1980 611 603 8
1981 579 579 0
1982 608 601 7
1983 516 506 10
1984 481 476 5
1985 499 494 5
1986 441 436 5
1987 464 458 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 177 177 0
2011 188 188 0
2012 176 176 0
2013 173 173 0
2014 202 202 0
2015 181 181 0

Fun Facts about the name Shirley

  • How many people with the first name Shirley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 694,398 babies born with the first name Shirley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shirley to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shirley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Shirley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shirley is Saturday, October 15th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Shirley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shirley was in 1935 with a total of 42,354 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shirley!
  • Random Shirley Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shirley ranks 4th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 787 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Shirley: Your name in reverse order is Yelrihs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sreylih. How do you pronounce that?
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Popularity of Shirley as a first name

Popularity of Shirley as a last name

Common last names for Shirley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • Hall

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.

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.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shir"ley
The bullfinch.

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 Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm is a congressman. Shirley was born in 1924 as Shirley Anita St. Hill in Brooklyn, New York.

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Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is an author and novelist. Shirley was born in 1914 as Shirley Hardie Jackson in San Francisco, California, 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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Other Inspirations for the Name Shirley

Shirley Gate Mosque
Shirley Heim
Shirley Plantation
Shirley Povich
Shirley Jones

Alternative Meanings

S is for secret, that you can certainly keep.

H is for hug, give one today!

I is for independent, a balance between being overly reliant and alone

R is for rock star, let it out!

L is for love, your love of life!

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

Y is for yearn, your innermost desires.

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Past life for Shirley born Aug 29, 1995

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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 Mexico approximately on 1725. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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