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Gender: F Meaning of Pearl: "pearl" Origin of Pearl: Latin gem name Pearl's Popularity in 2013: #677

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Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a fresher middle name alternative to the overused Rose. Cool couple Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson named their daughter Pearl Minnie, followed by Jack Osbourne, and several celebs have put it in the middle spot, as in Busy Philipps's Cricket Pearl, Jake Owen's Olive Pearl and Caleb Followill's Dixie Pearl .

After being a Top 25 name in the late nineteenth century, Pearl went into a long slide, but is showing signs of a strong comeback -- it reentered the Top 1000 in 2010 and has already risen more than 200 places. Plus she's in the Top 100 on Nameberry.

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Pearl is the illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne, who gives her the name because she is 'her mother's only treasure.'

Pearl was also the alter ego name of Janis Joplin, tied to singer Pearl Bailey, and---hmm--the birth name of western writer Zane Gray.

Variations are PERLE and PERLA.

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Famous People Named Pearl

Pearl Buck - American writer
Pearl Zane Grey - male American writer
Pearl Bailey - American actress/singer
Pearl Craigie - novelist & dramatist; (pen-name John Oliver Hobbes)
Pearl Hart - Old West outlaw
Pearl Clementine Osbourne (b. 2012) - daughter of Jack Osbourne
Pearl Aday, American lead singer of the band 'Pearl'
Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005) - Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson's daughter
Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, daughter of singer Garth Brooks

Pop Culture References for the Name Pearl

Pearl Jam, American rock band
Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian military base bombed in 1941 by Japan
Pearl, daughter of The Scarlet Letter's Hester Prynne
Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter on the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants
Pearl Gallagher, character on Diff'rent Strokes
Pokemon Pearl
Pearl Fey, character in the Ace Attorney series
Pearl, drums manufacturer/distributor
Pearl Slattery, character in Redhill Rococo (1986, Shena Mackay)
Pearl Cunningham, character in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Birthstone for the month June
Pearl Shay, character from TV series 227
Pearl, character from Steven Universe

Pearla, Pearle, Pearleen, Pearli, Pearlie, Pearlina, Pearline, Pearly, Perl, Perley, Perlie, Perlina, Perlline

Pearl's International Variations

Perlezenn (Breton) Perle, Perline, Perlette (French) Perlita, Perla (Spanish)