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FOR REAL: Coming from an English surname derived from Old English words meaning "county; shire" and "wood; clearing; meadow," Shirley was originally used for boys. However, Charlotte Bronte used this name for the heroine in the eponymous novel, which caused it to be thought of as a feminine name. It exploded in popularity in the 1930s with the rise to fame of child actress Shirley Temple. Though it is rarely given to babies in the 21st century, overall, among women of all ages, it was #27 in the USA according to the 2005 census.

related names: pretty much anything ending in -ley (Ashley, Kimberly, Whitley-- they all contain the same final element).