What does Jewel mean?
Jewel /jew-el/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced JEW-al. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Jewel is "plaything, delight".
How popular is Jewel?
Jewel is a very prominent first name for women (#522 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#27439 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Jewel for girls. Jewel reached its highest rank of #234 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, and is at #870 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Jewel and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Jewel (#870 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Beryl, Jewell, Rubi, Rubie and Ruby (#90 in 2014). Variants like Rubena are seldom used. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.5753%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1733%, down 69.9%), with the versions Beryl, Jewel, Jewell, Rubi and Rubie falling out of fashion. Ruby (#90) is the most chic baby name among these, with this name enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)