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Pearl

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160k
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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Pearl

"Pearl" is a name of English origin, and it means "Pearl, Small Bead". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pearl
A fringe or border.
noun Pearl
Senses
  1. [Zoöl] A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
  2. Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious."I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl." [Shak.]"And those pearls of dew she wears." [Milton.]
  3. Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
  4. [Zoöl] A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
  5. [Zoöl] A light-colored tern.
  6. [Zoöl] One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
  7. A whitish speck or film on the eye.(Obs)
  8. A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
  9. [Print] A size of type, between agate and diamond. pearl pearl

Note: Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and at one time compared in value with the precious stones. Since development of cultured pearls, the relative value has diminished somewhat, though the best pearls are still expensive, and natural pearls even more so. Artificial pearls may be made of various materials, including material similar to that of natural pearls; these are less expensive than natural or cultured pearls. See cultured pearl, below.

Etymology: OE. perle, F. perle, LL. perla perula, probably fr. (assumed) L. pirulo, dim. of L. pirum a pear. See Pear, and cf. Purl to mantle

adjective Pearl
Of or pertaining to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl.
verb Pearl
Senses
  1. To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
  2. To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
verb Pearl
Senses
  1. To resemble pearl or pearls.
  2. To dive or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling .
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A shade of white the color of bleached bones
  2. A smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
  3. A shape that is spherical and small
  4. Gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean
Wiktionary

From pearl. As a Chinese river, a translation of Chinese 珠江 (Zhūjiāng, “Pearl River”).

  1. A female given name
  2. (geography) Various Pearl Rivers, particularly the major river of Guangdong in China.

Notable Persons Named Pearl

Pearl Lowe is a fashion designer. Pearl was given the name Pearl Samantha Davis in Bethnal Green.

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Pearl S. Buck was a writer. Pearl was given the name Pearl Sydenstricker on June 26th, 1892 in Hillsboro, West Virginia, U.S. She died on March 6th, 1973.

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Zane Grey was a western (genre) novelist and dentist. Zane was given the name Pearl Zane Grey on January 31st, 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio. He breathed his last breath on October 23rd, 1939.

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Pearl Bailey was an actress and singer. She was most active from 1936 to 1989. Pearl was given the name Pearl Mae Bailey on March 29th, 1918 in Southampton County, Virginia, U.S. She passed away on August 17th, 1990.

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Pearl Thusi is an actress, model, radio personality, tv personality, and businesswoman. Her ongoing career started in 2003. Pearl was given the name Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi on May 13th, 1988 in South Africa.

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He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Pearl was given the name Matthew James Lent in St. Petersburg, Florida, US.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Pearl

Daniel Pearl was a journalism and journalist. He holds the title South Asia Bureau Chief. Daniel was born as the child of Judea Pearl on October 10th, 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. Daniel is also known as Danny. He left this life on February 1st, 2002.

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Minnie Pearl was a country music and comedy music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 1991. Minnie was given the name Sarah Ophelia Colley on October 25th, 1912 in Tennessee, USA. Minnie is also known as Minnie Pearl. She died on March 4th, 1996.

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He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Pearl was given the name Matthew James Lent in St. Petersburg, Florida, US.

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Mariane Pearl is a freelancer, journalist, and freelancejournalist. Mariane was given the name Mariane van Neyenhoff on July 23rd, 1967 in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine.

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Judea Pearl is a scientist in the fields of computer science and statistics. Judea was born on September 4th, 1936 in Tel Aviv.

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Jizzy Pearl is a hard rock, heavy metal music, and glam metal musician. He plays Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1984. Jizzy was given the name James Wilkinson on March 17th, 1958 in Chicago.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 631 569 62 #47 girl name
1881 693 641 52 #38 girl name
1882 882 824 58 #33 girl name
1883 943 886 57 #29 girl name
1884 1,200 1,138 62 #25 girl name
1885 1,203 1,146 57 #26 girl name
1886 1,277 1,204 73 #29 girl name
1887 1,380 1,316 64 #25 girl name
1888 1,660 1,591 69 #26 girl name
1889 1,638 1,588 50 #24 girl name
1890 1,789 1,741 48 #24 girl name
1891 1,636 1,605 31 #27 girl name
1892 1,870 1,831 39 #26 girl name
1893 1,858 1,796 62 #26 girl name
1894 1,844 1,789 55 #28 girl name
1895 2,003 1,958 45 #26 girl name
1896 2,138 2,101 37 #25 girl name
1897 2,120 2,076 44 #25 girl name
1898 2,197 2,158 39 #26 girl name
1899 2,028 1,999 29 #27 girl name
1900 2,553 2,512 41 #24 girl name
1901 1,904 1,866 38 #31 girl name
1902 2,135 2,100 35 #28 girl name
1903 2,082 2,046 36 #27 girl name
1904 2,045 2,015 30 #30 girl name
1905 2,137 2,108 29 #31 girl name
1906 2,069 2,035 34 #35 girl name
1907 2,145 2,108 37 #35 girl name
1908 2,111 2,075 36 #39 girl name
1909 2,089 2,048 41 #40 girl name
1910 2,200 2,177 23 #39 girl name
1911 2,108 2,075 33 #48 girl name
1912 2,581 2,528 53 #54 girl name
1913 2,826 2,756 70 #55 girl name
1914 3,280 3,223 57 #56 girl name
1915 4,073 3,976 97 #56 girl name
1916 4,143 4,073 70 #57 girl name
1917 4,316 4,232 84 #57 girl name
1918 4,622 4,521 101 #56 girl name
1919 4,371 4,273 98 #56 girl name
1920 4,295 4,204 91 #62 girl name
1921 4,261 4,175 86 #65 girl name
1922 3,926 3,848 78 #71 girl name
1923 3,626 3,543 83 #78 girl name
1924 3,720 3,635 85 #78 girl name
1925 3,280 3,212 68 #90 girl name
1926 2,971 2,900 71 #96 girl name
1927 2,797 2,717 80
1928 2,447 2,366 81
1929 2,247 2,174 73
1930 2,135 2,068 67
1931 1,714 1,649 65
1932 1,663 1,618 45
1933 1,433 1,383 50
1934 1,376 1,338 38
1935 1,239 1,188 51
1936 1,159 1,119 40
1937 1,068 1,023 45
1938 1,049 1,005 44
1939 952 902 50
1940 937 908 29
1941 855 835 20
1942 1,134 1,092 42
1943 921 878 43
1944 786 757 29
1945 681 654 27
1946 700 678 22
1947 744 713 31
1948 709 690 19
1949 595 575 20
1950 607 589 18
1951 540 530 10
1952 529 518 11
1953 531 513 18
1954 509 494 15
1955 491 463 28
1956 483 468 15
1957 460 442 18
1958 404 391 13
1959 359 348 11
1960 377 370 7
1961 357 347 10
1962 363 363 0
1963 292 285 7
1964 295 285 10
1965 267 259 8
1966 207 195 12
1967 185 176 9
1968 172 172 0
1969 148 143 5
1970 161 161 0
1971 172 163 9
1972 174 168 6
1973 148 142 6
1974 148 148 0
1975 148 148 0
1976 149 143 6
1977 130 123 7
1978 132 132 0
1979 143 143 0
1980 174 168 6
1981 183 183 0
1982 190 190 0
1983 175 170 5
1984 169 169 0
1985 165 165 0
1986 162 162 0
1987 141 141 0
1988 148 148 0
1989 140 140 0
1990 131 131 0
1991 142 142 0
1992 157 157 0
1993 156 156 0
1994 123 123 0
1995 158 158 0
1996 175 175 0
1997 138 138 0
1998 164 164 0
1999 162 162 0
2000 200 200 0
2001 208 208 0
2002 199 199 0
2003 203 203 0
2004 196 196 0
2005 190 190 0
2006 243 243 0
2007 269 269 0
2008 258 258 0
2009 269 269 0
2010 267 267 0
2011 335 335 0
2012 368 368 0
2013 424 424 0
2014 453 453 0
2015 458 458 0
2016 546 546 0

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Popularity of Pearl as a first name

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Popularity of Pearl as a last name

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Common last names for Pearl

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Allen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pearl U.S.
  White 83.79% 64.26%
  African American 9.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pearl

People with the last name Pearl are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Pearl

  • How Popular is the name Pearl? Pearl is the 451st most popular name of all time. As a last name Pearl was the 4,687th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Pearl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 159,520 babies born with the first name Pearl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pearl to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pearl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 631 new born babies.
  • When was Pearl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pearl is Tuesday, November 12th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Pearl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pearl was in 1918 with a total of 4,521 babies. That's a lot of babies named Pearl!
  • Random Pearl Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pearl ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 15 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Pearl: Your name in reverse order is Lraep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Paerl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pearl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,570 people with the last name Pearl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pearl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Pearl as their last name.

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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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