What does Jewel mean?
Jewel [jew-el] as a girls' name is pronounced JEW-al. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Jewel is "plaything, delight". Literally, a precious gem. The given name may derive from its use as a term of affection as well as the 19th century vogue for jewel names like Beryl and Ruby. Pop singer Jewel.
1 more relation via Beryl, Ruby: Beril.Creative forms:
(female) Jeel, Jenel, ..
(male) Jewbal, Jewren, .. Middle name pairings:
Jewel Braelyn (J.B.), ..
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)
Jewel reached its highest rank of #219 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is at #887 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Jewel (#887 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000 are Beryl, Jewell and Ruby (#83 in recent rankings). These relations of Jewel reached the top of their popularity a century ago (usage of 0.86%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.28%, 68% less), with versions such as Jewell becoming less fashionable.
Jewel▼ is alike in pronunciation to Jael, Jayel, Jayil, Jil, Jill▼, Joell, Jowelle, Jyl and Jyll. Other recommended names are Janel▼, Jearl, Jenee, Jenell, Jere, Jeree, Jeriel, Jonel, Junel, Merel, Neel and Nowel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jewel.See names in meaning and etymology.