When Millard M. Shirley was born on 29 May 1862, in Eagleville, Harrison, Missouri, United States, his father, Daniel Campbell Shirley, was 27 and his mother, Sarah Ann Elizabeth Anderson, was 24. He married Mary Jeanette K. Morlan on 17 October 1886, in Logan, Harrison, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Cincinnati Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Missouri Valley, Harrison, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 6 March 1943, in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 80.
English: habitational name from any of the places so named, such as Shirley (Warwickshire), Shirley in Millbrook (Hampshire), Shirley (Surrey), Shirley in Owston (Yorkshire), and Shirley (Derbyshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’, though some may have scīr ‘district, shire’ as the initial element if they lie on a boundary; for example, the Warwickshire place lies on the Warwickshire-Worcestershire boundary. The name Shirley first appears in Ireland in the late 17th century, following the granting of lands to a Shirley family in the barony of Farney, Monaghan.
History: William Shirley (1694–1771) was born in Sussex, England, and came to MA in 1731. He rose in the colonial service, was appointed governor in 1741, and was responsible for the British capture of the French fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, in 1745.