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xShirley
Origin
English
Pronunciation
SHUR-lee
Meaning
Sunny meadow
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Shirley originates in Old English language and means "sunny meadow". Initially, it was an old English surname and after that a masculine given name. That changed after Charlotte Bronte wrote her 1849 novel Shirley, where the main character of the same name is a girl and her parents named her Shirley because they wanted a boy. More recently, it was popularized as a feminine name by the American actress Shirley Temple.

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Famous Shirleys

Shirley Ballas - dancer
Shirley Bassey - singer
Shirley Clamp - singer
Shirley Jones - actress
Shirley MacLaine - actress
Shirley Manson - singer
Shirley Temple - child actress

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