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Gender: Female Meaning of Pearl: "pearl" Origin of Pearl: Latin gem name Pearl's Popularity in 2017: #652

The name Pearl is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "pearl". Pearl is ranked #652 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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.

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 Sydenstricker Buck, American novelist
Pearl Mae Bailey, American actress and singer
Pearl Cleage, American novelist
Pearl Lowe, English singer-songwriter
Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie, American novelist and dramatist under the pen name John Oliver Hobbes
Pearl Hart, American Old West outlaw
Pearl Liaison, stage 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 Aday, American singer and daughter of singer Meat Loaf
Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005), daughter of actress Maya Rudolph and director Paul Thomas Anderson
Pearl Ryder, daughter of singer Shaun Ryder of Black Grape
Pearl Miriam Dunstan, daughter of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans)
Pearl Pentland (b. 2018), daughter of Louise Pentland, of YouTube channel "SprinkleofGlitter"
India Pearl Weinstein (b. 2010), daughter of producer Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman
Cricket Pearl Silverstein (b. 2013), daughter of actress Busy Phillips and Marc Silverstein
Lily Pearl Black (b. 2010), daughter of singer Clint Black
Marina Pearl LeBlanc (b. 2004), daughter of actor Matt LeBlanc
Dixie Pearl Followill (b. 2012), daughter of Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill.
Daisy Pearl Schlapman (b. 2007), daugher of singer Kimberly Roads and Steven Schlapman
Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, daughter of singer Garth Brooks
(Pearl) Zane Grey, male American novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Pearl

Pearl Zhu, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"
Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter on animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants"
Pearl, character in song cycle Ghost Quartet
Pearl Gallagher, character on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes"
Pearl Caraldo, main character on TV's "Pearl"
The Pearl, character in anime "One Piece"
Pearl, late 14th-century Middle English poem
Pearl Fey, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Pearl Slattery, character in "Redhill Rococo" by Shena Mackay
Pearl Cunningham, character in Ray Lawler's "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll"
Pearl Shay, character on TV's "227"
Pearl Forrester, character on TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
Pearl, character on animated series "Steven Universe"
Pearl, character in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Pearl, character in Disney's "Home on the Range"
"The Pearl," short story by John Steinbeck
Pearl Jam, American rock band
Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian U.S. military base bombed in 1941 by Japan
Pearl, drums manufacturer
Pearl, main character in novel "My Sister Jodie"
Pearl, main character in novel "The Year of The Rat"
Pearl Ada Lennox, character in novel 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' by Kate Atkinson (twin sister of Ruby Lennox)
Grandma Pearl, character in "Big Fat Liar"
Granny Pearl, character in Nadia Aguiar's children's fantasy book series "Adventures in Tamarind"
Pearl, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Pearl Serpentine, daughter of the Hydra in "Monster High" show and series (twin sister of Peri Serpentine)
Pearl, a character from the video game Splatoon 2

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

Pearl's International Variations

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