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What does Pamela mean?

Pamela Pronunciation of Pamela [pamela] as a girls' name is pronounced PAM-eh-lah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Pamela is "honey; all sweetness". A poetic invention from the 16th century. Actresses Pam Dawber, Pamela Reed, Pamela Anderson; tennis celebrity Pam Shriver.

Associated with: greek, honey (beautiful), 16th century, reed (meadow).


Pamela has 16 variants: Pam, Pama, Pamala, Pamalla, Pamelia, Pamelin, Pamelina, Pamelina, Pamella, Pamelyn, Pamelynne, Pamilla, Pammela, Pammie, Pammy and Permelia.

Creative forms:
(female) Pamel, Pamepa, ..

(male) Pamele, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pamela Winter (P.W.), ..

How popular is Pamela?

Pamela is a very prominent first name for females (#37 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#108734 out of 150436, Top 72%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Pamela was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #13 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is currently at #1402. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Pam, Pamala, Pamelia, Pamella and Permelia are the popular varying forms of Pamela (#1402 from current records). These relations of Pamela were favored by parents during 1960-1969 (median #968) and are now much less widespread, with forms like Pamela becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pamela, Pam, Pamala, Pamelia, Pamella, Permelia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Pamela and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Caela, Camala, Camela, Camelia, Camella, Camila, Camyla, Carmela, Harela, Jameela, Jameila, Jameka, Jamela, Jamelia, Jamila, Janela, Kaela, Kamea, Kamelia, Kamella, Kamila, Kamyla, Karmela, Laela, Palila, Palmeda, Pamina, Paola, Parmelia, Paula, Paulla, Pavla, Priela, Samala, Samella, Samuela, Tameka and Tamera. These names tend to be less commonly used than Pamela.

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