Jewel - Meaning of Jewel
[ 1 syll. je-wel, jew-el ] The baby girl name Jewel is also used as a boy name, though it is more popular for girls. It is pronounced as JHuw-L or Z-uwEHL- †. Jewel has its origins in the English language and it is also used largely in English. It is from jewel ; jouel which means 'delight' ; iocus 'delight'. The first name is derived from the English word meaning 'gemstone', which is itself of the Old French jouel, a diminutive of 'jou' which is also found in Latin as iocus. The first name could have been first used as a term of endearment, and it was widely adopted among English speakers during the enthusiasm for gemstone names in the 19th century.
Jewel has 14 forms. Forms of the name include Jeweldene, Jewelene, Jeweli, Jewelie, Jewelisa, Jewella, Jewellee, Jewelyn, Juel, Juela, Juelline, and Jule. Other English forms include the spelling variants Jewell and Jewelle.
See also the related form, the name Jewelana.
Jewel is an all-time favorite. At present it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was in the past. Its usage peaked modestly in 1904 with 0.078% of baby girls being named Jewel. It had a ranking of #198 then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then, and in recent times it is of only very light use. In 2018, it ranked at #866 with a usage of 0.017%, but it was nevertheless the most commonly used among all girl names in its family. Jewel has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 6 times more baby girls than boys who were named Jewel in 1952.
† Pronunciation for Jewel: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Jewel is Singer Jewel, born Jewel Kilcher 23 May 1974, Payson, Utah.