Pamela - Meaning of Pamela
[ 3 syll. pa-me-la, pam-ela ] The baby girl name Pamela is pronounced as PAEM-eh-Laa- †. Pamela is primarily used in the English, German, and Italian languages, and its language of origin is Old Greek. The name is of the meaning all black, all sweetness. The name was invented by the Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney for his pastoral work Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (1590). He could have derived the name from the Old Greek Pammelas, of the elements 'pan' (meaning all, every) and 'melas' (black, dark), or else the second element could have been 'meli'. Sidney created the name with a stress on the second syllable; the modern pronunciation was later promoted by the English writer Samuel Richardson through his highly popular novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740), which features a virtuous maid Pamela Andrews pursued relentless by her master. The name thereafter saw an increase in popularity from the middle of the 18th century.
The name Pamela is used to a great extent; it has 36 forms. Forms include Palmela, Pama, Pamalla, Pamelah, Pamelea, Pamelee, Pameleena, Pameleigh, Pameli, Pamelia, Pamelie, Pamelina, Pameline, Pamelita, Pamelyn, Pamelyna, Pami, Pamie, Pamilia, Pamla, Pamm, Pammala, Pammeli, Pammelie, Pammi, Pamula, Pamy, Permelia, and Tamela. Other English forms include the contraction Pam (used in German, and Italian as well), the pet forms Pammie and Pammy, and the variant spellings Pamala, Pamella, Pamila, and Pamilla.
Pamela is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the height of its usage in 1954, 1.374% of baby girls were given the name Pamela. Its ranking then was #12. The baby name has since substantially declined in popularity, and is now used on a very light scale. Within all girl names in its group, Pamela was nonetheless the most regularly used in 2018. The name Pamela has predominantly been a girl name, though it has also been given to boys in the past century. In 1969, Pamela as a girl name outnumbered its use as a boy name by 230 times.
Baby names that sound like Pamela include Pamella, Pamelee, Pameli, Pammeli, and Pamelia.
† Pronunciation for Pamela: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Pamela:
Actress Pamela Anderson, born 1 July 1967, Ladysmith, B.C., Canada.
Groupie Pamela Des Barres, born Pamela Miller, 9 September 1948, Reseda, California.