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Shirley Family History

Shirley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and the West Midlands, all so called from Old English scir ‘bright’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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446,654 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
32,015 Military Records
10,779 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Shirley Families

  • Number of Shirley families
     101 - 199
     34 - 100
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shirley families
     244 - 485
     82 - 243
     1 - 81
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shirley families
     27 - 51
     10 - 26
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shirley Family Origin

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Shirley Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shirley

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Shirley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shirley census records

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Shirley Civil War Service Records

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