Early-attested site in the Parish of Croydon
- Shirle(ye) 1314 AddCh 1332 SR
- Shyrley 1461 FF
- Chirley 1491 Deed
- Sherlegh 1498 Deed 1503 Ipm
- Sherley 1528 FF
- Shurley 1539 LP
Shirley is Shirle (ye )1314AddCh (p), 1332 SR (p), Shyrley 1461 FF, Chirley 1491Deed , Sherlegh 1498Deed , 1503 Ipm, Sherley 1528FF , Shurley 1539 LP. Probably 'bright clearing,' v. scir , leah . It is probably only a coincidence that it lies near the shire - boundary, between Surrey and Kent.