When George Shirley was born about 1823, in Drummond Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, his father, William Shirley, was 45 and his mother, Elizabeth Kidd, was 38. He married Margaret King in 1849, in Brooke, Lambton, Canada West, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Brooke, Lambton, Canada West, British Colonial America for about 10 years. He died on 25 October 1899, in Lambton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 77, and was buried in Lambton, Ontario, Canada.
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.