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

Pamela Origin and Meaning

The name Pamela is a girl's name of English origin meaning "all honey".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Pamela

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

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 :)