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Gender: F Meaning of Pamela: "all honey" Origin of Pamela: English

Pam was a somewhat pampered prom queen of the sixties who was never called by her full name, which is a pity because Pamela is so mellifluous and rich in literary history. A Top 25 name from the late 1940's through the late 60's, Pamela has just, sadly, dropped out of the Top 1000.

Pamela was first used by Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney in his sixteenth century pastoral epic Arcadia, but it was Samuel Richardson's enormously popular novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded two centuries later that really promoted it. Rarely used now, Pamela might almost be ready for a revival, and the appealing Pam (wife of Jim, the male-equivalent name) on The Office may help bring it back.

But no, we won't be recommending the name of Pamela's partner--Linda.

Famous People Named Pamela

Pamela Harriman, English-American diplomat
Pamela Anderson, American model/actress
Pamela Reed, American actress
Tammin Pamela Sursok, Australian actress
Pamela Redmond Satran, co-founder of Nameberry
Pamela Catherine Gidley, American actress
Pamela Fryman, American TV director
Pamela Adlon, American voice actress
Pamela Hayden, American actress
Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand actress and writer, wife of comedian Billy Connolly
Pamela 'Pam' Ayres, English poet, broadcaster and entertainer.

Pop Culture References for the name Pamela

Pamela Maran, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Pamela Morgan "Pam" Beesly-Halpert, character on TV's "The Office"
Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, real name of Batman villain Poison Ivy
Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, character on TV's "Dallas"
Pamela Andrews, character in Samuel Richardson novel "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded"
Pamela James, character on TV show Martin
Pamela Gray, the main character in the novel 'Goddess of Light' (PC Cast)
Pam Poovey, character on Archer
Pamela Manson, mother of Sam Manson from "Danny Phantom"
Pamela Saint, character on Call the midwife.
According to Elea Nickerson, "Pamela is a reworking of of/inspired by the legitimate ancient Greek names. Pamela itself was not in use by the Greeks, but Pamilos (B), Pamphilos (B), Pamphila (G) (Pan=all+ Philos=love,), and Pamphoros (B)(pan=all + photos=bearing) were all in use. Around the time of Sir Phillips Sidney's Arcadia, Pamela was pronounced pe-MEE-le, which changed to Pe-MEL-e by the 18th century, but by the 20th it became PAM-a-le, putting the stress on the first syllables instead of the second."

Pamela's International Variations

Pamelina, Pamelita, Pamelia (Spanish) Paméla (French)