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

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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.

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Famous People Named Pamela

Pamela Harriman, diplomat
Pamela Anderson, actress
Pamela Reed, actress
Pam Shriver, tennis player
Tammin Pamela Sursok, Australian actress
Pamela Redmond Satran, one of the two silly authors of Nameberry
Pamela Catherine Gidley, American actress
Pam Ferris, British actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Pamela

Pamela Maran, "Army Wives"
Pamela "Pam" Beasley, character on TV show "The Office"
Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, real name of comic book character Poison Ivy
Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, character on "Dallas"
Pamela Andrews, the heroine, a beautiful young maid, in Samuel Richardson's novel "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" (1740)
"Pamela--did you say? A *queer* sort of name! Is it a Christian or a Pagan name? Linsey-woolsey--half one, half t'other, like thy girl." [Richardson, "Pamela," 1740]

Mela, Pam, Pama, Pamala, Pamalla, Pamelin, Pameline, Pamelja, Pamella, Pamelyn, Pamelynne, Pami, Pamila, Pamilla, Pamla, Pammeli, Pammi, Pammie, Pammy, Permelia

Pamela's International Variations

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