|Number in U.S||👶 695,000|
|Rate in 2021||2831|
|Name origin||🌍 English|
Incorporating elements of nature and light, Shirley is an English name that translates to 'bright meadow.' It paints the picture of an open field bathed in sunlight, symbolizing optimism, openness, and vitality. It is a name that imparts a sense of warmth and cheerfulness, attributes that are admired in any individual.
The name Shirley originated as a place-name and was often given to children born in villages or manors of the same name in England. Derived from Old English elements, 'Scire,' meaning 'bright' and 'Leah,' meaning 'meadow,' it was mostly used as a masculine name until the 19th Century. Notable use in Charlotte Bronte's 1849 novel 'Shirley' shifted its perception to a predominantly feminine name.
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