Meaning and name origin
Pearl \pe(a)-rl\ as a girl's 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Emerald.
Pearl is a very popular first name for females (#224 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4846 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Pearl for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Pearl and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Margaret (#169), Pearl (#628), Perla (#646), Emerald, Pearlie, Pearle and Pearline. (2014 statistics).