Latin gem name

Pearl Origin and Meaning

The name Pearl is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "pearl".

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.

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.

# 805 in the US

Pearl Rank in US Top 1000

# 220 on Nameberry

Pearl Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Pearl Popularity

Famous People Named Pearl

  • Pearl Sydenstricker BuckAmerican novelist
  • Pearl Mae BaileyAmerican actress and singer
  • Pearl CleageAmerican novelist
  • Pearl LoweEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Pearl Mary Teresa CraigieAmerican novelist and dramatist under the pen name John Oliver Hobbes
  • Pearl HartAmerican Old West outlaw
  • Pearl Liaisonstage name of Matthew James Lent, American drag queen of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7
  • Pearl Clementine Osbourne (b. 2012)daughter of TV personality Jack and Lisa Osbourne
  • Pearl Maria AdayAmerican singer and daughter of singer Meat Loaf
  • Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005)daughter of actress Maya Rudolph and director Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Pearl Ryderdaughter of singer Shaun Ryder of Black Grape
  • Pearldaughter of YouTuber Louise Pentland and Liam O'Neill
  • (Pearl) Zane Greymale American novelist
  • Minnie Pearlstage name of American comedian Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon

Pearl in Pop Culture

  • Pearl Zhucharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Pearldaughter of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"
  • PearlMr. Krabs' daughter on animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants"
  • Pearlcharacter in song cycle Ghost Quartet
  • Pearl Gallaghercharacter on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes"
  • Pearl Caraldomain character on TV's "Pearl"
  • The Pearlcharacter in anime "One Piece"
  • Pearllate 14th,century Middle English poem
  • Pearl Feycharacter in video game "Ace Attorney"
  • Pearl Slatterycharacter in "Redhill Rococo" by Shena Mackay
  • Pearl Cunninghamcharacter in Ray Lawler's "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll"
  • Pearl Shaycharacter on TV's "227"
  • Pearl Forrestercharacter on TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
  • Pearlcharacter on animated series "Steven Universe"
  • Pearlcharacter in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Pearlcharacter in Disney's "Home on the Range"
  • "The Pearl" short story by John Steinbeck
  • Pearl JamAmerican rock band
  • Pearl HarborHawaiian U.S. military base bombed in 1941 by Japan
  • Pearldrums manufacturer
  • Pearlmain character in novel "My Sister Jodie"
  • Pearlmain character in novel "The Year of The Rat"
  • Pearl Ada Lennoxcharacter in novel 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' by Kate Atkinson (twin sister of Ruby Lennox)
  • Grandma Pearlcharacter in "Big Fat Liar"
  • Granny Pearlcharacter in Nadia Aguiar's children's fantasy book series "Adventures in Tamarind"
  • Pearlcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Pearl Serpentinedaughter of the Hydra in "Monster High" show and series (twin sister of Peri Serpentine)
  • Pearla character from the video game Platoon 2
  • Pearl Littlefieldmain character of Ann M. Martin's "10 Rules for Living with My Sister" and "10 Good and Bad Things About My Life So Far"

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