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Shirley first became a name for females in Charlotte Bronte's book "Shirley" in which the expecting parents were sure they were having a baby boy and would name him "Shirley." When a baby girl was delivered they decide to give her the name they had chosen for the boy. The book is not an easy read but an interesting one. There are many same-name Shirley Clubs.
Shrle  6/12/2019
I was named Shirley in 1944, and I was named after Shirley Temple. I love my name as it is quite unique in this day and age. I will agree that most people with the first name of Shirley are now in their 70's or 80's. I always thought that the meaning of the name meant: "Bright Meadow" and that it was of English origin.
shirlo  4/27/2019
These days, I think Shirley is considered an old-fashioned name. I always thought it was a female name until I met a guy at the office who was named Shirley. I couldn't believe it--sort of like that song 'a boy named SUE'. Needless to say, he went by his middle name which I think was George. He would sign his name using his first initial and full middle name.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2019
Shirley is such a delicate name, but I can’t imagine this on any males! Way too feminine! When I think of the name Shirley, I picture a little girl in a pink flowery bow and a pink girly dress who likes everything to do with feminism. Though in my book, Shirley would be unisex since it historically was, I like it for a girl but not a boy! But that doesn’t mean it would disregard the history of Shirley being masculine. I also wouldn’t be against males with this name. But I still think it’s more of a feminine name than a masculine.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2018
Shirley was originally a male name much like Ashley, Beverly and Shannon. These names were also originally male and have long histories (many generations) of being male names. Down through the ages the trend has been that once parents start giving their daughters male names (like the more recent trend of Palmer, Ezra, Wyatt, Pierce, Sinclair) the names begin to be abandoned by parents naming male children. It takes a relatively short time (maybe 2 generations) before the names are abandoned by males and our minds become attuned to hearing these names as solely and exclusively feminine such as Marion and Leslie. Few people today hear the names Marion and Leslie and think masculine. I understand the name James is being given to girls now. In some cases of course the names just become unisex with varying spellings for boys and girls. I don't see the point myself.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2018
Anne of Green Gables names her son Shirley, but I think it sounds more feminine.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
Shirley was the colt who won the 1876 Preakness Stakes.
That70sShowGeek  5/10/2018
In the Hebrew language the name Shirley can mean two things. 1. Sing to me. 2. A song for me.
shirlush  4/9/2018
There is also a Hebrew name Shirley (or Shir-Li: שירלי) which means my song. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  5/24/2017
Shirley Cruz Traña is a Costa Rican football player who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain in the Division 1 Féminine. Cruz joined Lyon in January 2006 having previously played for the women's section of Costa Rican UCEM Alajuela and plays as a creative midfielder, often acting as a deep-lying playmaker. She is also a member of the Costa Rica women's national football team making her first major tournament appearance with her nation at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which served as a qualifying tournament for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
cutenose  3/3/2017
Shirley Mallmann is a Brazilian model of German descent. She was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. She is considered the first Brazilian top model. Before becoming a model, she worked in a shoe factory until the age of 18. Her first modeling job was in 1995 when she appeared on the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine. She appeared in the Pirelli Calendar in June 1999 and was chosen by US TV channel E! As "Celebrity of the Year" in 1999. Her career includes runaway and advertisements for designers such as Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, Alberta Ferretti, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel 'Allure' perfume, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré, Guess?, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacoste, La Perla, Roberto Cavalli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Gianni Versace, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Colcci, Miu Miu, as well as a 2001 appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the cover of multiple issues of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire magazines around the world.
cutenose  2/15/2017
My Christian name is Shirley and it is the only Christain name I have. I was born in 1930 which makes me now 86. I am male and have lived contently with this name for 86 years, which included 7 years in the Royal Navy where I met no problems whatsoever. I was born before Shirley Temple was even thought of and where the name Shirley was not common but a known man's name. When I started work in 1944 there were three men in the organization with the name Shirley. Whilst in the navy the captain of my ship had a second Christain name of Shirley. This may be of interest to some people.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2016
The name Shirley was given to 181 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Shirley was given to 200 girls in America in 2014.
cutenose  2/23/2016
I was reading this book about the history of Osterville, Massachusetts, and came across a boy with the first name of Shirley. Before then I never thought of the name as one for a boy. But now, I personally like it better for boys rather than girls. When I think of it as a girls name I think of an innocent girl, rather than a girl of this generation. Of course, no one would probably name their son Shirley in our generation, but I like this name much better for a boy rather than a girl. It's such a cool name for a boy in my opinion, hopefully it jumps back.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2015
I love the name Shirley! Awesome name. :)
― Anonymous User  10/17/2015
My name is Shirley, I've never liked my name because it is a name from a generation before me. Also, I feel that it is used in movies with a negative connotation (ex: Ralph and Shirley Mudd in "Annie"). Why is that? Maybe because it's old fashioned?
― Anonymous User  8/18/2015
Grandma's name is Shirley :) Love her and her name! Drink Shirley Temple which is what it reminds me of, named after Shirley Temple Black who I believe doesn't even like the Shirley Temple drink, lol. A person I don't like with this name is Shirley Phelps Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church though.
firestar11  8/10/2015
My grandma's first name is Shirley and her middle name is Laverne but she was born in 1939. That's crazy huh? She's the sweetest, smartest woman ever, and so strong and beautiful.
Ashleyaugust  5/29/2015
Shire = open meadow, hamlet, village of the countryside
Ley = ley lines, alignments of monuments or natural landscape features that have mystical or psychical energies.
shlam  4/25/2015
A famous bearer would be Shirley Manson, the lead singer of the band Garbage. I think that this name fits her very well, but I otherwise am not really a fan.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2015
Shirley the Loon, a character in Tiny Toon Adventures.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
The name Shirley was given to 176 baby girls born in the US in 2012. It's kind of cute for a baby, I think :)
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Shirley Povich was a reporter for The Washington Post and American television personality Maury Povich's father.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2013
Model Sara Dylan's birth name was Shirley. She changed it to Sara at the request of her first husband. She later married Bob Dylan.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2011
Pretty name. It's a bit of a shame that it's not very common now.
Hushpuppy  9/30/2011
Shirley Fenette is one of the characters from the popular mecha anime "Code Geass".
― Anonymous User  6/23/2010
One (in)famous bearer of this name is Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of Fred Phelps. Do you really want to give your daughter the same name as a woman who pickets military funerals.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2010
'Shirley' Strahan male lead singer of the Australian rock band 'Skyhooks' now sadly deceased.
Anton  3/9/2010
I like this name, but I find it very badly dated. Still, at least it sounds more mature and feminine than some other -ley names, such as Hailey and Kayley.
bananarama  11/19/2009
"Surely you can't be serious!"
"I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."
--from Airplane
erb816  3/17/2009
This name is utterly unimaginable as a male name to me. I used to think this was sort of a cute name, but it sounds hopelessly old-fashioned and even grandmotherly to me despite being the name of Shirley Manson, the singer from Garbage. On the other hand, it sounds very child-like, and the -ey ending really does make names youthful, so this sounds like the name of a child in the 1950s or earlier. I don't really like the sound of this name anymore, as it sounds somewhat harsh with the long schwa sound. Besides, I don't really like Shirley Manson much.
slight night shiver  5/7/2008
Shirley Crabtree, the English wrestler better known as 'Big Daddy', was a rare modern-day male bearer of this name.
Tytan  3/10/2008
A famous bearer is Swedish singer Shirley Clamp.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2007
Shirley is the first name of a British singer Skye. Former singer of triphop band Morcheeba.
Karcoolka  6/26/2007
Shirley Ardell Mason is the real name of Sybil Isabel Dorsett, the woman with the worst case of multiple personality disorder.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2007
This name was only ever really used in a masculine format until Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Shirley.' Before that, it was pretty much unheard of for a woman to bear this name.
Surreal  1/22/2007
Shirley Manson is the lead singer of Garbage.
mymymetrocard  1/21/2007
Did you know that there are drinks called shirley temples! I guess that is a famous bearer!
emiliana94  9/1/2006
Shirley Schmidt is a lawyer on Boston Legal (played by Candice Bergen).
MusicRat  7/23/2006
I'll always associate this name with the movie Airplane:
"Surely, you can't be serious?"
"I am serious, and stop calling me Shirley."
― Anonymous User  6/18/2006
Anne Shirley = Anne of Green Gables is a fictional famous bearer, who named one of her daughters Shirley.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Anne Shirley of the Green Gables named her SON Shirley.
Kris-tine  4/10/2006
I love this name. Well, child actress and former ambassador to (former) Czechoslovakia and an African Country (I forgot the name) is Shirley Temple.
Lakota_so_italian  1/14/2006
Dame Shirley Bassey is a Welsh-born singer, perhaps best-known for performing the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).
Shirley Valentine is a play by Willy Russell, adapted into a movie starring Pauline Collins.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
"Laverne and Shirley" was the name of a sitcom in the '70's. It was a spin-off of "Happy Days."
breakofday  12/16/2005
Due to the popularity, and high profile of the name Shirley in the 1920s and 1930s, there exist in some countries "Shirley Clubs" for women named Shirley. Most of these women incorrectly believe that they were named after Shirley Temple: the name was already very popular when Temple was born, and many of the "Shirley Club" members were born too early to have been named after Temple.
― Anonymous User  12/15/2005
Three other famous bearers of this name, also actresses, were Shirley Booth, Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Jones. MacLaine and Jones were named Shirley after Shirley Temple.
alberto  2/22/2005

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