Pamela

First Name
595k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Pamela

"Pamela" is a name of English origin, and it means "All honey". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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Invented by Sir Philip Sidney for his pastoral poem Arcadia (c 1593). Seemingly created from scratch; some imagine an analysis as Ancient Greek πᾶς (pâs, “all”) + μέλι (méli, “honey”) but there is no evidence that this was intended.

  1. A female given name

Notable Persons Named Pamela

Pamela Anderson is an actress, model, television producer, activist, author, and model (people). She has been prominent since 1989. Pamela was given the name Pamela Denise Anderson on July 1st, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada. Pamela is also known as Pamela Anderson Lee and Pam Anderson.

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Pamela Adlon is an actress, voice actress, screenwriter, and producer. She has been prominent since 1982. Pamela was given the name Pamela Fionna Segall on July 9th, 1966 in Manhattan, New York, United States. Pamela is also known as Pamela Segall, Pamela Segall Adlon, and Pamela S. Adlon.

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Pam Grier is an actor and actress. She has been prominent since 1970. Pam was given the name Pamela Suzette Grier on May 26th, 1949 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

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Pam Dawber is an actress and producer. She has had major accomplishments since 1978. Pam was given the name Pamela Gene Dawber on October 18th, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Pamela was given the name Pamela Susan Courson on December 22nd, 1946 in Weed, California, U.S. She left this life on April 25th, 1974.

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Pam Ferris is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1971. Pam was given the name Pamela E. Ferris on May 11th, 1948 in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Pamela

Pamela is a pop rock, pop punk, and synthpop musician. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1994. Pamela was given the name Pamela Aslı Spence on February 25th, 1973. Pamela is also known as Pamela.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1895 5 5 0
1898 6 6 0
1900 6 6 0
1904 5 5 0
1906 6 6 0
1910 5 5 0
1911 8 8 0
1912 17 17 0
1913 16 16 0
1914 13 13 0
1915 22 22 0
1916 12 12 0
1917 17 17 0
1918 18 18 0
1919 22 22 0
1920 27 27 0
1921 33 33 0
1922 38 38 0
1923 50 50 0
1924 51 51 0
1925 75 75 0
1926 76 76 0
1927 67 67 0
1928 100 100 0
1929 110 110 0
1930 94 94 0
1931 99 99 0
1932 97 97 0
1933 108 108 0
1934 147 147 0
1935 194 194 0
1936 220 220 0
1937 265 265 0
1938 313 313 0
1939 338 338 0
1940 631 631 0
1941 1,475 1,468 7
1942 2,641 2,632 9
1943 4,859 4,838 21 #54 girl name
1944 6,226 6,203 23 #44 girl name
1945 6,183 6,169 14 #42 girl name
1946 9,390 9,365 25 #34 girl name
1947 12,427 12,399 28 #28 girl name
1948 14,306 14,278 28 #22 girl name
1949 15,155 15,132 23 #21 girl name
1950 16,232 16,205 27 #17 girl name
1951 18,601 18,574 27 #16 girl name
1952 20,904 20,873 31 #17 girl name
1953 25,786 25,754 32 #10 girl name
1954 27,405 27,368 37 #12 girl name
1955 26,731 26,693 38 #12 girl name
1956 26,955 26,913 42 #12 girl name
1957 25,062 25,014 48 #12 girl name
1958 25,322 25,264 58 #11 girl name
1959 24,750 24,712 38 #12 girl name
1960 22,145 22,092 53 #14 girl name
1961 21,730 21,682 48 #15 girl name
1962 21,308 21,273 35 #13 girl name
1963 20,649 20,586 63 #14 girl name
1964 19,864 19,824 40 #11 girl name
1965 17,505 17,469 36 #12 girl name
1966 16,293 16,255 38 #14 girl name
1967 15,416 15,367 49 #17 girl name
1968 14,071 14,031 40 #20 girl name
1969 13,419 13,359 60 #24 girl name
1970 12,962 12,911 51 #26 girl name
1971 10,185 10,142 43 #28 girl name
1972 7,499 7,478 21 #34 girl name
1973 5,835 5,815 20 #47 girl name
1974 5,294 5,273 21 #54 girl name
1975 4,195 4,178 17 #70 girl name
1976 3,386 3,366 20 #84 girl name
1977 2,845 2,831 14
1978 2,699 2,691 8
1979 3,378 3,365 13 #90 girl name
1980 3,542 3,535 7 #86 girl name
1981 3,893 3,881 12 #76 girl name
1982 3,562 3,546 16 #82 girl name
1983 3,040 3,030 10 #91 girl name
1984 2,649 2,641 8
1985 2,479 2,468 11
1986 2,024 2,017 7
1987 1,795 1,784 11
1988 1,518 1,511 7
1989 1,346 1,334 12
1990 1,205 1,194 11
1991 1,092 1,085 7
1992 923 918 5
1993 813 806 7
1994 751 751 0
1995 687 687 0
1996 815 815 0
1997 768 768 0
1998 714 714 0
1999 660 655 5
2000 606 606 0
2001 579 579 0
2002 530 530 0
2003 673 673 0
2004 544 539 5
2005 457 457 0
2006 566 566 0
2007 514 514 0
2008 455 455 0
2009 330 330 0
2010 258 258 0
2011 266 266 0
2012 215 215 0
2013 204 204 0
2014 185 185 0
2015 166 166 0
2016 182 182 0

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Popularity of Pamela as a first name

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Common last names for Pamela

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  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
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  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • King
  • Jackson

Fun Facts about the name Pamela

  • How Popular is the name Pamela? Pamela is the 96th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Pamela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 595,405 babies born with the first name Pamela in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pamela to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pamela? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1895 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Pamela first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pamela is Friday, June 30th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Pamela born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pamela was in 1954 with a total of 27,368 babies. That's a lot of babies named Pamela!
  • Random Pamela Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pamela ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 78 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Pamela: Your name in reverse order is Alemap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lpaame. How do you pronounce that?

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