Given Name PAMELA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: PAM-ə-lə   [details]

Meaning & History

This name was invented in the late 16th century by the poet Sir Philip Sidney for use in his poem 'Arcadia'. He possibly intended it to mean "all sweetness" from Greek παν (pan) "all" and μελι (meli) "honey". It was later employed by author Samuel Richardson for the heroine in his novel 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded' (1740), after which time it became used as a given name. It did not become popular until the 20th century.

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VARIANTS: Pamelia, Pamella, Pamila
DIMINUTIVE: Pam
USER SUBMISSIONS: Pâmela, Paméla
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