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"But she named the infant 'Pearl', as being of great price- purchased with all she had- her mother's only treasure!" - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
Sedalyn  9/29/2005
Pearl is the second book in the Dakotah Treasures series by Lauraine Snelling.
― Anonymous User  12/10/2005
Pearl Bailey was a famous actress.
breakofday  12/16/2005
Pearl Buck (1892-1973) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938. Her most famous novel was The Good Earth. It is about peasant life in China.
Ylva  2/10/2006
This was the real first name of novelist male Zane Grey, who wrote Western novels in the mid-20th century.
Pheadirean  7/26/2006
I have also seen the name Pearla.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2006
Pearl Forrester is one of the villians on "Mystery Science Theater 3000".
Hailey2006  12/28/2006
I think it makes a great middle name, I love it.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2007
Pearl Hart, the last person to rob a stagecoach and the only woman to have robbed one.
SSF  2/3/2007
This name makes me think of an old woman.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2007
I think this name is beautiful, and it could work for any age.
nothingshortoftragic  4/20/2007
Old fashioned but always lovely.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
I love this name. Maybe not for a first name, but for a middle it would be nice. I think of a plump, very kind and cheerful woman who is a wonderful person.
Reecet21  5/20/2007
Pearl is the illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
I love the name Pearl. I think it works well as a first or middle name. However, I probably would use it as a middle name.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  7/14/2007
I think this is the name of Will Ferrell's daughter.
Brianna Angela  8/3/2007
This is not, as commonly misunderstood, the name of Will Ferrell's daughter, but the name of his friend, Adam McKay's daughter.

Pearl McKay starred in the short clip, The Landlord, along with Will Ferrell.
nothingshortoftragic  8/16/2007
Seen more as a granny name than as a grandad name in the United States. While in some cases the girl's name is now due for a revival, the boy's name, having never been as popular when it was in use 100 years ago, is forever now out of fashion.  10/9/2007
The daughter of Hester Pryne in Nathanael Hawthorne's classical novel The Scarlet Letter, bears the name Pearl.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2008
Pearl is a lovely name. Ever since I read The Scarlet Letter I have held the name Pearl dear to my heart. Although it is seen by many as an "elderly" name, I believe it is quite beautiful and distinguished. The name Pearl has continued to stand the test of time and it will continue to do so.
ebstarz7  1/15/2008
'The Pearl' is a novel written by American author John Steinbeck. I think Pearl is classy sounding, but Perla just flows better.
rory  3/4/2008
Pearls may be beautiful, but the word itself doesn't sound very pretty to me. It's not the worst name out there, though, so if it has significance to you, I won't talk you out of it.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
Oh my goodness, I love this name. So precious!
pennycarroll  5/13/2008
As opposed to elderly, I would call the name classic. I think it goes well with Natasha (i.e. Natasha-Pearl) but that is just my opinion. It can also serve as a nice first name. However, I can't think of any suitable middle names for Pearl.
GarbageGuy  6/9/2008
Seems very old to me.
asforoneday  7/4/2008
Pearl the whale is Mr. Krabbs's daughter on Spongebob Squarepants.
Cymry  7/16/2008
Pearl is a main character in Amy Tan's novel The Kitchen God's Wife.
moonbaby9307  9/20/2008
I love this name. It's short and sweet. I think it's ready for a comeback.
number1212  12/16/2008
Pearl Fey is the cousin of Maya Fey in the video game series Phoenix Wright.
ICEyun  2/24/2009
"Pearl" was the name of blues singer Janis Joplin's last album (which was released shortly after her death). I read that the reason it's called that was because Pearl was a nickname that Janis Joplin gave herself (and that was used by some people she knew).
Pippin  3/19/2009
I think it sounds much better as a first name because it would be classic and unusual at the same time. It's not the prettiest name around but it would be really cute on a young girl. As a middle name it sounds way too middle-aged and cliched, one of those monosyllabic middle names it seems like people give as a filler when they can't think of anything else, like Lynn, Leigh, Ann and Rose.
imbidubi  4/29/2009
It's okay, just not very nice sounding.
Kerules  6/2/2009
I think of this as a feminine name only. It sounds horrible to saddle a boy with this name. It's nice on a girl, though.
bananarama  8/13/2009
The daughter of film director Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph is named Pearl Minnie, born October 15, 2005.
SeaHorse15  9/7/2009
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I love this name. So sweet.
resolutionwritenovel  1/4/2010
Makes a cute middle name.
Chrila96  10/11/2010
This name has been quite often used in Australia for more than a century now. It has a particular resonance here because of the Pearl industry.

Because of the multicultural nature of the Pearl industry, the name is almost equally used by blacks, whites and Asians. This seems appropriate as pearls come in several different colours.

With the children's books series "Pearlie the Park Fairy" by Wendy Harmer being made into an international animated TV series, the name seems as contemporary as ever.
keepitreal  1/26/2011
Minnie Pearl: Stage name for Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996), who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1940 until her death.
GibsonGirl  8/14/2011
Pearl Forrester from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Originally she was just a supporting character and mother of the show's main villain Clayton Forrester. In the Sci-Fi version of the series, she became the main villain.
Hailey2009  8/19/2011
I cannot imagine Pearl as a male name. The name seems so dated. I doubt it will make a comeback.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
This is the name of a recurring guest star on "The Vampire Diaries," played by Kelly Hu.
Martha Gold  11/25/2011
My great-aunt's name.. and my birthstone! Nice and old fashioned and pretty :)
VAK  4/13/2012
Pearl Bodine was the name of Bea Benaderet's character on "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Ruta Graveolens  11/2/2012
I love Pearl. It's elegant, simple and old lady chic. Very refined and retrò.
helena1990  9/1/2013
Daughter of Jack Osbourne and his wife Lisa is Pearl Clementine born 2012.
deidre  5/30/2014
The name Pearl is old-fashioned, vintage, pretty, sweet & beautiful. ^_^ Why on earth is the name Pearl listed as MASCULINE? It really should only be listed as feminine since boys don't get named Pearl... D: [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  11/9/2014
I've fallen in love with Pearl after hearing the story of how Greeks believe they were formed. Greek mythology states that Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, shed tears of joy when she was born from the froth of the sea. These tears hardened to form pearls.
LMS  12/17/2014
I didn't like this name much before but I like it now. Simple and sweet.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2015
Pearl Kendrick, an American bacteriologist, helped in co-developing the vaccine which counters whooping cough.
earthnut  8/3/2015
My birth name is Pearl. Named for my paleish complexion... upon birth, when my father took his first look at me and said..."She looks like a white Pearl".
prlygrlmoran17  1/3/2016
In the movie "The Gift" Pearl Johnson is the name of the Town Sheriff. He is a male. Good movie.
prlygrlmoran17  1/3/2016
My 16 month old is called Pearl and I absolutely love it. I chose it because it is old fashioned and I think it's a pretty name. Her middle name is Ava-Mai which I think goes with Pearl well.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2016
Sounds dated. But that's okay I guess.
Luvbug86  8/5/2016
Pearl is the name of Cinder's older stepsister in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2017
Pearl Lowe is an English fashion and textiles designer, and former singer-songwriter. She was the vocalist of mid-1990s indie bands Powder and Lodger, which she fronted after a brief period at LAMDA, and as a solo-artist under the name Pearl.
cutenose  7/17/2017
Pearl Thusi (1988-), a South African actress and model.
highexpectasians  8/4/2017
I didn't like it before, but I like it better now and it seems less dated. I think it makes a nice first or middle name.
XironDarkstar  9/23/2017
A name that should get a comeback! It's good, and shouldn't be outdated.
Phoenix Gemstone  1/14/2018
Pearl is a lovely name; sweet and delicate and precious. I really like it. The precious stone Pearl is also really beautiful. I would definitely name my daughter Pearl (my second daughter. The first one will be Alexandra!) Or I could call her Alexandra Pearl. That's a thought!
BeccyLeader2  4/30/2018

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