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Jewel

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jewel

"Jewel" is a name of English origin, and it means "Precious stone". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jew"el
Senses
  1. An ornament of dress usually made of a precious metal, and having enamel or precious stones as a part of its design."Plate of rare device, and jewels Of rich and exquisite form." [Shak.]
  2. A precious stone; a gem.
  3. An object regarded with special affection; a precious thing."Our prince ( jewelof children)." [Shak.]
  4. A bearing for a pivot a pivot in a watch, formed of a crystal or precious stone, as a ruby.

Etymology: OE. juel jowel, OF. jouel juel joiel, F. joyau, dim. of OF. joie joy, jewel, F. joie joy. See Joy

verb Jew"el
To dress, adorn, deck, or supply with jewels, as a dress, a sword hilt, or a watch; to bespangle, as with jewels; to bejewel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  2. A person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
  3. Adorn or decorate with precious stones ("jeweled dresses")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the noun jewel, used since the end of the 19th century.
  2. A male given name, a variant of Jewell, or from "jewel" like the female name.

Notable Persons Named Jewel

Jewel is a pop music, folk music, pop rock, and country music singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, author, and poet. She plays Guitar, Autoharp, Taylor Guitars, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1994. Jewel was given the name Jewel Kilcher on May 23rd, 1974 in Payson, Utah, United States.

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Jewel Staite is an actress and actor. She was most active from 1991 to present. Jewel was born on June 2nd, 1982 in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.

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James Best was a film, television, voice actor, artist, acting coach, college professor, singer-songwriter, voice acting, and professor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 2013. James was given the name Jewel Jules Franklin Guy on July 26th, 1926 in Powderly, Kentucky, U.S. He left this life on April 6th, 2015.

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Jewel Mary is an actress, television anchor, model, and news presenter. Her ongoing career started in 2014. Jewel was born on July 11th, 1990.

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Sammi Smith was a country music, outlaw country, and country pop singing and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to 2005. Sammi was given the name Jewel Faye Smith on August 5th, 1943 in Orange County, California, U.S. She passed away on February 12th, 2005.

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Jewel Shepard is a film actress and writer. Jewel was born on January 3rd, 1958 in --01-03.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jewel

Jewel is a pop music, folk music, pop rock, and country music singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, author, and poet. She plays Guitar, Autoharp, Taylor Guitars, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1994. Jewel was given the name Jewel Kilcher on May 23rd, 1974 in Payson, Utah, United States.

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Johnny Jewel is an electronic music musician. He has been prominent since 1994. Johnny was given the name John Padgett in Houston, Texas, U.S. Johnny is also known as John David V.

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Nite Jewel is a lo-fi music, alternative dance, and electronic music composer, singer-songwriter, multimedia artist, and multimedia. She plays Electronic keyboard and Vocals. She was most prominent from 2008 to 2008. Nite was given the name Ramona Gonzalez .

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Jimmy Jewel was a comedy actor and music hall artist. Jimmy was given the name James Arthur Thomas Jewel Marsh on December 4th, 1909 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Jimmy is also known as Maurice Marsh. He died on December 3rd, 1995.

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Iqbal Asif Jewel is a musician.

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Izetta Jewel was a stage actress, politician, women's rights activist, and radio personality. Izetta was given the name Izetta Jewel Kenney on November 24th, 1883 in Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.A. Izetta is also known as Izetta Jewel Brown and Izetta Jewel Miller. She died on November 14th, 1978.

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How popular is the baby name Jewel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 10 5 5
1881 6 6 0
1882 10 10 0
1883 9 9 0
1884 12 6 6
1885 9 9 0
1886 20 20 0
1887 28 23 5
1888 22 17 5
1889 34 27 7
1890 33 33 0
1891 37 31 6
1892 49 39 10
1893 52 42 10
1894 74 74 0
1895 72 61 11
1896 71 58 13
1897 94 87 7
1898 140 130 10
1899 113 105 8
1900 184 162 22
1901 174 161 13
1902 166 153 13
1903 211 197 14
1904 254 229 25
1905 224 201 23
1906 248 227 21
1907 281 250 31
1908 266 244 22
1909 277 252 25
1910 341 318 23
1911 365 327 38
1912 465 416 49
1913 442 392 50
1914 596 515 81
1915 760 652 108
1916 837 726 111
1917 753 642 111
1918 871 747 124
1919 905 778 127
1920 959 826 133
1921 919 784 135
1922 951 810 141
1923 840 729 111
1924 951 823 128
1925 923 812 111
1926 936 787 149
1927 907 775 132
1928 881 744 137
1929 794 690 104
1930 799 688 111
1931 643 546 97
1932 657 562 95
1933 603 508 95
1934 585 495 90
1935 551 477 74
1936 501 422 79
1937 490 415 75
1938 439 368 71
1939 476 392 84
1940 388 322 66
1941 469 404 65
1942 490 420 70
1943 460 398 62
1944 410 364 46
1945 400 358 42
1946 381 325 56
1947 446 398 48
1948 386 349 37
1949 353 302 51
1950 340 296 44
1951 343 291 52
1952 364 307 57
1953 299 260 39
1954 327 279 48
1955 299 265 34
1956 303 266 37
1957 283 238 45
1958 261 230 31
1959 261 233 28
1960 253 226 27
1961 268 233 35
1962 210 193 17
1963 237 211 26
1964 243 225 18
1965 211 187 24
1966 173 157 16
1967 151 130 21
1968 161 146 15
1969 140 114 26
1970 143 119 24
1971 129 111 18
1972 145 128 17
1973 121 107 14
1974 127 103 24
1975 101 86 15
1976 113 98 15
1977 122 99 23
1978 101 87 14
1979 129 106 23
1980 127 110 17
1981 143 130 13
1982 142 124 18
1983 146 125 21
1984 123 106 17
1985 121 109 12
1986 135 120 15
1987 156 143 13
1988 140 123 17
1989 175 157 18
1990 164 147 17
1991 193 179 14
1992 171 159 12
1993 158 144 14
1994 164 145 19
1995 164 154 10
1996 178 168 10
1997 341 330 11
1998 503 490 13
1999 466 453 13
2000 434 419 15
2001 431 417 14
2002 382 370 12
2003 365 351 14
2004 350 337 13
2005 322 310 12
2006 331 318 13
2007 376 364 12
2008 319 308 11
2009 299 286 13
2010 288 279 9
2011 281 274 7
2012 338 331 7
2013 292 283 9
2014 327 314 13
2015 321 311 10
2016 309 295 14

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Popularity of Jewel as a first name

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Popularity of Jewel as a last name

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Common last names for Jewel

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Miller
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • King
  • Hall
  • Walker

Common first names for Jewel

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jewel U.S.
  White 75.41% 64.26%
  African American 16.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.29% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jewel

People with the last name Jewel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Jewel

  • How Popular is the name Jewel? Jewel is the 1,064th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jewel was the 27,845th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jewel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,536 babies born with the first name Jewel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jewel to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jewel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Jewel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jewel is Thursday, February 9th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Jewel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jewel was in 1920 with a total of 826 babies.
  • Random Jewel Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jewel ranks 61st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 69 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Jewel: Your name in reverse order is Lewej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wejel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jewel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 862 people with the last name Jewel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jewel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jewel as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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