[ 1 syll. pea-(r)(l), pe-arl ] The baby boy name Pearl is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as Pah-L †. Pearl is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is also English. It is derived from the elements 'pearl' ; 'perle' meaning pearl ; 'perla' pearl. The name is sometimes used for boys, particularly in the USA. See Pearl for more information.
Pearl is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked in 1901 with 0.033% of baby boys being given the name Pearl. It ranked at #283 then. The baby name has since experienced a marked fall in popularity, and is today of very modest use. Among all boy names in its group, Pearl was nonetheless the most widely used in 2018. Pearl has in the past century been mostly given to girls. In 1939, the name Pearl was given to 18 times as many girls than boys.
† Pronunciation for Pearl: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Pearl is Author Zane Grey, born Pearl Zane Grey, 31 January 1872 - 23 October 1939, Zanesville, Ohio.