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Shirley Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Shirley?

In 2018 the uncommon name Shirley, ranked the 1,464th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

This once, top 1000 name, Shirley is currently less popular.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #2 for the first time in 1935 and as recently as 1936.

The greatest number of babies were given the name in 1935 with 42,358 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Shirley in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1881.

Shirley, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1885-1892, 1894-1900, 1901-1929, and 1931-1935, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1935-1941, 1949-1978, 1996-1999, and 2007-2010.

Sometimes the name Shirley has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

Shirley's popularity has been moving downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Shirley has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Shirley?

Shirley's popularity is at an extremely low point when measured against its most notable year.

The name Shirley is still rare and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Shirley is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Shirley (Girl)Shirley (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 150 1,464 < 5 --
2017 184 1,279 < 5 --
2016 168 1,390 < 5 --
2015 181 1,313 < 5 --
2014 202 1,207 < 5 --
2013 173 1,347 < 5 --
2012 176 1,335 < 5 --
2011 188 1,269 < 5 --
2010 178 1,324 < 5 --
2009 232 1,102 < 5 --
2008 303 908 < 5 --
2007 287 946 < 5 --
2006 249 1,032 < 5 --
2005 284 889 < 5 --
2004 240 989 < 5 --
2003 313 793 < 5 --
2002 259 878 < 5 --
2001 305 780 < 5 --
2000 259 851 < 5 --
1999 231 918 < 5 --
1998 293 742 < 5 --
1997 333 661 < 5 --
1996 339 655 < 5 --
1995 343 636 < 5 --
1994 379 594 < 5 --
1993 405 581 7 7,502
1992 449 530 5 9,604
1991 446 524 < 5 --
1990 472 510 < 5 --
1989 456 514 < 5 --
1988 462 491 6 7,116
1987 458 473 6 6,818
1986 435 492 5 7,666
1985 494 442 5 7,428
1984 476 438 5 7,166
1983 507 428 10 4,098
1982 601 385 7 5,532
1981 579 391 < 5 --
1980 604 379 8 4,873
1979 670 347 7 5,281
1978 647 336 9 4,117
1977 776 307 < 5 --
1976 834 277 12 3,236
1975 876 278 6 5,361
1974 1,009 254 12 3,099
1973 1,155 218 7 4,434
1972 1,335 209 13 2,801
1971 1,586 193 18 2,265
1970 1,629 198 19 2,110
1969 1,865 173 25 1,670
1968 2,144 150 13 2,427
1967 2,510 141 31 1,383
1966 2,918 124 36 1,276
1965 3,368 111 31 1,403
1964 3,966 103 27 1,537
1963 4,384 99 27 1,541
1962 4,875 96 36 1,312
1961 5,631 85 36 1,343
1960 6,411 70 47 1,150
1959 7,284 61 41 1,226
1958 8,094 52 53 1,057
1957 8,847 46 62 970
1956 9,429 41 54 1,030
1955 9,750 37 51 1,064
1954 10,910 33 66 914
1953 12,146 29 69 868
1952 12,530 28 66 868
1951 13,920 27 78 802
1950 15,890 19 82 760
1949 17,278 18 83 759
1948 16,126 20 71 812
1947 17,648 19 124 613
1946 17,869 18 145 536
1945 16,149 14 143 501
1944 16,309 15 128 540
1943 17,817 12 186 463
1942 17,745 12 205 429
1941 16,953 10 174 447
1940 17,878 9 214 390
1939 20,445 5 238 370
1938 23,767 5 265 343
1937 26,816 4 337 293
1936 35,161 2 381 277
1935 42,358 2 435 259
1934 22,840 4 288 320
1933 14,315 9 213 373
1932 14,476 9 242 358
1931 14,405 9 239 363
1930 14,776 11 273 338
1929 14,579 9 263 347
1928 14,212 10 249 370
1927 13,315 9 242 380
1926 11,761 14 214 412
1925 10,513 17 223 402
1924 9,488 19 226 410
1923 7,919 26 231 391
1922 6,408 39 229 399
1921 5,694 44 227 404
1920 4,713 56 196 428
1919 3,149 89 197 418
1918 2,654 98 182 442
1917 1,800 123 172 432
1916 1,245 160 155 451
1915 1,135 162 171 415
1914 906 160 141 403
1913 684 169 113 407
1912 489 198 66 489
1911 362 198 35 503
1910 318 204 24 596
1909 281 203 33 447
1908 284 198 22 551
1907 247 208 17 633
1906 187 234 23 471
1905 162 257 16 611
1904 138 272 24 443
1903 102 309 17 548
1902 104 311 22 456
1901 95 308 10 721
1900 110 324 32 401
1899 74 347 14 544
1898 70 373 15 567
1897 61 373 20 436
1896 55 384 12 669
1895 43 436 28 357
1894 47 408 22 408
1893 52 377 15 503
1892 58 347 15 538
1891 35 428 15 471
1890 40 405 19 423
1889 42 378 13 547
1888 32 442 14 552
1887 20 509 9 674
1886 16 570 17 446
1885 16 555 17 457
1884 18 498 11 603
1883 18 463 13 517
1882 9 670 11 605
1881 < 5 -- 7 774
1880 8 671 10 630

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.