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old english (anglo-saxon)
*SKīNANą / SCīNAN / SKINAN LēAH > SHIRLEY

This name is of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) origin, composed of two elements: “skinan” (Proto-Germanic: “*skīnaną”, Old English: “scīnan”), meaning “bright, shine” plus “lēah”, meaning “woodland, a clearing ‘especially one used for farming’, a meadow”. The name means “luminous clearing, bright meadow”. Before the publication of the novel Shirley by Charlotte Brontë in 1849 Shirley was an uncommon, but distinctly male name and would have been a very unusual name for a woman. Today it is regarded as a distinctly female name and an uncommon male name. Famous people with this name include Shirley Temple, Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Knight.

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