Shirley Family CrestThe English surname Shirley is an habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and the West Midlands, all so called from the Old English terms scir meaning :bright” and leah meaning “a wood, or a clearing.” The earliest records of the name date to the 13th Century and include William de Schirle, who is recorded as a witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire" in 1219. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1730 when James Shirley arrived in New England. Today there are approximately 27,000 bearers of the name Shirley living in the United States. 

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