How popular is the baby name Shirell in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Shirell.

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Popularity of the baby name Shirell

Posts that mention the name Shirell

Where did the baby name Shirelle come from in 1961?

The Shirelles
The Shirelles

The name Shirelle debuted impressively in the U.S. baby name data 1961:

  • 1963: 25 baby girls named Shirelle
  • 1962: 19 baby girls named Shirelle
  • 1961: 21 baby girls named Shirelle [debut]
  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: unlisted

The variant spelling Shirell debuted that year as well.

What influenced both of these names?

The Shirelles, a New Jersey-based girl group made up teenagers Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie “Micki” Harris, and Beverly Lee.

Signed in the late 1950s, the foursome became famous in the early 1960s with a string of hits including “Tonight’s the Night,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (which ranked #1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart for two weeks in early 1961), and “Mama Said.”

Here’s the audio of their biggest hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”:

The group’s name — likely inspired by that of The Chantels — was created by combining the initial syllable of Shirley’s name with the French feminine ending –elle.

Which name do you like better, Shirelle or Chantel?

Sources: The Shirelles – Wikipedia, SSA

Image: Clipping from the cover of The Cash Box magazine (15 Apr. 1961)