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What does Jewel mean?

Jewel Pronunciation of Jewel 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Je-, -el, precious, 19th century


VARIANTS Jewelene, Jewelisa, Jewell, Jewella, Jewelle, Jewelyn, Juelline


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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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jewel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jewel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Jewel (#887 IN RECENT RANKINGS) ranked in the Top 2000 are Beryl, Jewell and Ruby (#83). 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jewel, Beryl, Jewell, Ruby in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ruby outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jewel is alike in pronunciation to Jael, Jayel, Jayil, Jil, Jill, Joell, Jowelle, Jyl and Jyll. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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