Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. /ˈpæm.ə.lə/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

This name was invented in the late 16th century by the poet Philip Sidney for use in his romance Arcadia (1593). He possibly intended it to mean "all sweetness" from Greek πᾶν (pan) meaning "all" and μέλι (meli) meaning "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.

Related Names

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Entry updated April 23, 2024