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  1. Shirleyadverb


  2. Shirleynoun

    An English habitational surname

  3. Shirleynoun

    (rarely) transferred from the surname.

  4. Shirleynoun

    transferred from the surname. Popular from the 1920s to the 1950s.

  5. Etymology: English place name form scir + leah.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shirleynoun

    the bullfinch


  1. Shirley

    Shirley is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,211 at the 2010 census. The town has a well preserved historic New England town center and is home to two state prisons, including the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. The remains of a Shaker village are located on the prison grounds.

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    Song lyrics by shirley -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by shirley on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shirley is ranked #1292 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shirley surname appeared 27,224 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Shirley.

    82.6% or 22,495 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 2,477 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 907 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 607 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 566 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 169 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shirley' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3614

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shirley in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shirley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Shirley in a Sentence

  1. Milt Suchin:

    Shirley Boone was more accomplished than is generally known, best selling author, recording artist, TV hostess, humanitarian and the origin of Mercy Corps, a top ten hunger relief organization worldwide, a half-billion-dollar annual budget, which started in the Pat Boone -RRB- Ive home. Millions know her for her Christian ministry.

  2. Ronald Rhames:

    My heart is broken. Shirley was like an angel on Earth. Her life mission was caring for others.

  3. Debbie Howell:

    From January 8 to the end it just kind of went up and down, there were days that we were really optimistic that Shirley Meek were going to get through, but Shirley Meek lungs kept failing more and more each day.

  4. Dave Clark:

    When we first met he said, 'But how can I do this song?' and I said to him, 'I want a cross between Edith Piaf, Jennifer Holliday and Shirley Bassey'.

  5. Katharine Hepburn:

    Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    A abase
    B elaborate
    C abduct
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