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

The name Pamela is a girl's name of English origin meaning "all honey". Pamela and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rank these Names! (Girls)".

From the experts:

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 Suzette "Pam" Grier, American actress
Pamela Beryl Harriman, English-American diplomat
Pamela Denise Anderson, Canadian-American model/actress
Pamela Reed, American actress
Tammin Pamela Sursok, Australian actress
Pamela Redmond Satran, American novelist and co-founder of Nameberry
Pamela Catherine Gidley, American actress
Pamela "Pam" Gail Fryman, American TV director
Pamela Dellal, American mezzo-soprano
Pamela Fionna Adlon, American voice actress
Pamela Hayden, American voice actress
Pamela Helen Ostrer Mason, English actress
Pamela Geller, American activist and commentator
Pamela Helen Stephenson, New Zealand actress; wife of comedian Billy Connolly
Pamela 'Pam' Ayres, English poet, broadcaster and entertainer
Pamela Agatha "Pam" Nestor, Guyanese-British singer
Pamela "Pam" Howard Shriver, American tennis player
Pamela Memmott, Canadian Young Adult Author
Pamela Jeanne Banducci, also known as Pam Munoz Ryan, American author

Pop Culture References for the name Pamela

Pamela Andrews, character in Samuel Richardson novel "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded"
Pamela Maran, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Pamela Morgan "Pam" Beesly-Halpert, character on TV's "The Office"
Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley aka Poison Ivy, character in the Batman series
Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, character on TV's "Dallas"
Pamela "Pam" James, character on TV show Martin
Pamela Gray, the main character in the novel 'Goddess of Light' (PC Cast)
Pamela Manson, mother of Sam Manson from "Danny Phantom"
Pamela Saint, character on Call the midwife.
Pamela Tanner, the late wife of Danny Tanner on TV's "Full House"
Pamela Donaldson Katsopolis, adopted daughter of Jesse and Becky Katsopolis on Netflix's "Fuller House"
Pamela, little girl in Ikana Valley in "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask"
Pamela, song by The Kooks

Pamela's International Variations

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