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Baby Name Shirley

Meaning of Shirley - What does the name Shirley means?
Gender: Girl Name
Origin: English
Name Meaning: Transferred use of the surname originating from the English place-name Shirley, which is derived from the Old English elements scire (shire), or scir (bright, clear) and leah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure). The name makes reference to the open space where the moot (an early English assembly of freemen which met to administer justice and discuss community issues) was held. Shirley was originally a male name, but its use in Charlotte Bronte's novel Shirley (1849) established it as a female name
Variants: Sherley.
Shortened forms: Shirl
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