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Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. SHUR-lee
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Meaning & History

From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "bright clearing" in Old English. This is the name of a main character in Charlotte Brontë's semi-autobiographical novel Shirley (1849). The child actress Shirley Temple (1928-2014) helped to popularize this name.

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VariantsShirlee, Sherley
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