Meaning and name origin
Jewel \je-wel\ as a girl's 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.
Jewel is a very popular first name for females (#522 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30212 out of 88799, Top 34%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jewel for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jewel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ruby (#90), Jewel (#870), Jewell and Beryl. (2014 statistics).