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What does Pearl mean?

Pearl Pronunciation of Pearl [pearl] as a girls' name is pronounced perl. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Pearl is "pearl". Jewel name. The Greek form, Margaret, is more popular and has been used for centuries, while Pearl was used only in the late Victorian era. Writer Pearl S Buck; singer Pearl Bailey.

Associated with: greek, victorian (medieval).


Pearl has 14 variants: Pearla, Pearle, Pearleen, Pearlette, Pearlie, Pearline, Perl, Perla, Perle, Perlette, Perley, Perline, Perlita and Perlline.

Affiliated girl name: Emerald.

3 more alternative forms via Margaret: Marg, Peg and Peggy.

Creative forms:
(female) Parl, Perarl, ..

(male) Peapal, Pepal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pearl Abigale (P.A.), ..

How popular is Pearl?

Pearl is a very prominent first name for women (#224 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4409 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Pearl reached its peak position of #26 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is presently at #628. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Pearl (#628 a year ago) are Emerald (#1256 a year ago), Margaret (#154), Pearla, Pearle, Pearlie, Pearline, Peg, Peggy, Perla (#645) and Perle. These forms of Pearl were favored by parents during the years 1890-1899 (median #1112) and have become much less widespread since (#1516, down 96.3%), with forms such as Pearl becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pearl, Emerald, Margaret, Pearla, Pearle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pearlie, Pearline, Peg, Peggy, Perla, Perle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Jearl, Merl, Peace, Peach, Peale, Peall, Pealle, Pera, Peri, Perri, Perry and Petra. These names tend to be less commonly used than Pearl.

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