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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 Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "drop your least favourite w randomly generated names - girls with middles".

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)


FantasyandPrayer Says:


Pamela and Joyce (late nan and my great aunt) are two of the most important women in my life so needless to say I absolutely love your name!!!

LaurynMichelle Says:


One of my good friends is named Pamela, pronounced puh-MEL-uh, which I think is beautiful. I much prefer this pronunciation to the typical PAM-ell-uh.

lillismonica Says:


I read the novel 'Pamela' by Samuel Richardson ,last year, for my English degree. I recommend it. Love the name Pamela.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's actually quite attractive, and Pam or Pammy are cute. I think that maybe Pamela will come back into style, at some point. Other than the obvious Pauline, Pamela and Patricia are the two names I hear the most from people who get my name, Paula, wrong. Well, unless it's based upon a phone conversation, and then I get Laura or Cora. I wish...! Laura and Cora are both lovely. 😃

headintheclouds Says:


I find the meaning of Pamela so apt because I think it's a sweet sticky-sounding name, like it's drowning in honey. This is one of those older names I don't find that appealing (the nickname Pam included) along with Deborah (Deb/Debbie), Debra, Barbara, Patricia (Pat, Trish).

Some generationally similar names I am okay with/do like (Susan, Carol, Karen) but I still wouldn't consider them usable because they currently sound so dated. The time will come for their revival though, just as my generation is currently popularizing once more "vintage" names like Hazel, Jasper, Clara.

Haids1987 Says:


This is my mommy's name and the meaning is perfect for her; she's the sweetest woman I know. <3

Michaela Says:


Pamela & Melissa would be a clever sibset. (both mean Honey!)

Pamela Says:


My name is Pamela Joyce. My family calls me Pam, or PJ, but everyone else has always called me Pamela. I love it!!!

EvaThyssen Says:


In Spanish, we pronounce Pamela this way: pam-AY-la (first and third A like the A in Car).

Bobcat108 Says:


I've always heard it pronounced PAM-ela, but thought it would be prettier as Pah-MEL-ah.

CocoWhite Says:


I've always said it with the emphasis on the first syllable.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Excuse me, is the emphasis on PAMela or is it pamELA? Thanks :)