Shirley Name Gender

Is Shirley a boys name or a girls name? Find out here.

Since 1910, 99.1% of babies named Shirley were girls.

Based on data from The United States Social Security Administration.


Infographic of Shirley name meaning, which is “The girl from the meadow (county),” in allusion to a county in old England marked by its picturesque meadows, from the Anglo-Saxon scir (a shire or county) and leah (a lea or meadow).
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Shirley Name Popularity

How popular is the name Shirley? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Shirley was the 1,388th most popular girls name, representing 0.0059% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Shirley has been the 36th most popular girls name, representing 0.4551% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 210 266 0.0755%
1911 197 316 0.0849%
1912 198 456 0.0904%
1913 166 664 0.1171%
1914 157 893 0.1281%
1915 162 1,120 0.1233%
1916 159 1,225 0.1268%
1917 124 1,771 0.177%
1918 98 2,637 0.2457%
1919 88 3,143 0.3002%
1920 56 4,713 0.4239%
1921 44 5,687 0.4967%
1922 39 6,396 0.5741%
1923 26 7,915 0.7067%
1924 19 9,484 0.8167%
1925 17 10,511 0.93%
1926 14 11,761 1.0693%
1927 9 13,311 1.2025%
1928 10 14,212 1.3283%
1929 9 14,578 1.4074%
1930 11 14,774 1.4144%
1931 9 14,403 1.4593%
1932 9 14,473 1.4649%
1933 9 14,315 1.5365%
1934 4 22,839 2.3626%
1935 2 42,355 4.3585%
1936 2 35,159 3.6499%
1937 4 26,816 2.7214%
1938 5 23,769 2.3218%
1939 5 20,444 2.0098%
1940 9 17,875 1.6817%
1941 10 16,952 1.5062%
1942 12 17,745 1.4053%
1943 12 17,817 1.3648%
1944 15 16,308 1.3158%
1945 14 16,150 1.3242%
1946 18 17,866 1.2108%
1947 19 17,650 1.0574%
1948 20 16,128 1.0103%
1949 18 17,278 1.0741%
1950 19 15,890 0.9869%
1951 27 13,918 0.8209%
1952 28 12,535 0.7181%
1953 29 12,140 0.6859%
1954 33 10,911 0.5969%
1955 37 9,750 0.5301%
1956 41 9,425 0.499%
1957 46 8,847 0.4598%
1958 52 8,093 0.4282%
1959 61 7,284 0.3834%
1960 70 6,411 0.3384%
1961 86 5,630 0.2982%
1962 96 4,871 0.2653%
1963 99 4,380 0.244%
1964 103 3,961 0.225%
1965 111 3,363 0.2056%
1966 123 2,905 0.1861%
1967 142 2,492 0.1642%
1968 151 2,131 0.1419%
1969 173 1,849 0.12%
1970 197 1,602 0.1007%
1971 192 1,573 0.1047%
1972 207 1,322 0.0971%
1973 215 1,137 0.0877%
1974 251 984 0.0757%
1975 277 835 0.065%
1976 276 799 0.062%
1977 313 722 0.0536%
1978 337 614 0.0457%
1979 347 634 0.045%
1980 382 568 0.0388%
1981 391 543 0.0369%
1982 380 565 0.0378%
1983 417 472 0.032%
1984 443 427 0.0287%
1985 442 456 0.03%
1986 491 394 0.0261%
1987 467 418 0.0274%
1988 491 420 0.027%
1989 516 414 0.0257%
1990 510 424 0.0256%
1991 533 389 0.0239%
1992 533 405 0.0254%
1993 596 348 0.0223%
1994 587 341 0.0222%
1995 641 292 0.0194%
1996 676 277 0.0185%
1997 650 291 0.0197%
1998 748 244 0.0163%
1999 953 167 0.0112%
2000 878 200 0.0131%
2001 779 253 0.0168%
2002 908 197 0.0131%
2003 778 267 0.0176%
2004 990 187 0.0123%
2005 848 247 0.0162%
2006 1,033 194 0.0124%
2007 940 232 0.0147%
2008 931 237 0.0153%
2009 1,131 164 0.011%
2010 1,328 108 0.0075%
2011 1,169 140 0.0098%
2012 1,314 108 0.0076%
2013 1,225 123 0.0086%
2014 1,146 141 0.0097%
2015 1,228 123 0.0085%
2016 1,205 125 0.0087%
2017 1,159 127 0.0091%
2018 1,388 81 0.0059%

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Names Like Shirley

If you like Shirley, you’ll love these other names like Shirley.


What names are variants of Shirley?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Shirley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sherlee

Bright meadow

English

Sherli

Bright meadow

English

Sherlie

Bright meadow

English

Sherrlie

Bright meadow

English

Sheryl

A variant form of Shirley.

German

#3,365 (0.0004%)  
Shirell

Bright meadow

English

Shirelle

Bright meadow

English

Shirely

Bright meadow

English

Shirl

Bright meadow

English

Shirlea

Bright meadow

English

Shirlee

Bright meadow

English

Shirleen

Bright meadow

English

Shirleigh

Bright meadow

English

Shirlene

Bright meadow

English

Shirlinda

Bright meadow

English

Shirline

Bright meadow

English

Shirlley

Bright meadow

English

Shirly

Bright meadow

English

Shirlyn

Bright meadow

English

Shurlee

Bright meadow

English


What names sound like Shirley?

If you like how Shirley sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Shirley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charley

Free man

German

#517 (0.0384%)  
Sharlee

Free man

German

Sharly

Free man

German


What names are similar to Shirley?

Find a name that’s like Shirley, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Shelley

Sloped meadow

English


Lists With Shirley

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Siblings of Shirley

Mamas with kids named Shirley also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Tony

A diminutive form of Anthony.

Latin

#570 (0.0312%)  
Marleen

Woman from Magdala

Hebrew

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  1. Named after my mom


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