Meaning and Name Origin
Pearl \pe(a)-rl\ 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Emerald.
Pearl▼ has 22 more alternative forms via Margaret: Gretal, Gretel, Gretl, Mag, Marg, Marga, Marge▼, Margo▼, Margy, Marit, Marji, Meg, Megan▲, Meggi, Meggy, Meta▼, Mette, Meyta, Peg, Pegeen, Peggie▼ and Peggy▼.
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 (#4846 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Pearl for girls. Pearl reached its peak position of #26 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is presently at #628. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Pearl and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Pearl (#628 a year ago) are Emerald, Margaret (#169 a year ago), Marge, Margo, Margy, Meg, Megan (#308), Meta, Pearle, Pearlie, Pearline, Peggie, Peggy and Perla (#646). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1930-1939 and have become much less widespread since, with forms such as Pearlie, Pearline, Peggie, Peggy and Perla becoming somewhat dated. Megan (#308) is the most trendy baby name among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)