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Quick Facts on Pearl

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 677
Simple meaning:
Pearl (gemstone)

Characteristics of Pearl

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Pearl

Pearl is an English vocabulary word for a small lustrous gemstone known as the pearl. In its natural state, a pearl is really an accident of nature. It is shaped by a mollusk (such as an oyster) through the secretion of calcium carbonate which forms around some irritant that gains access inside its shell (such as a parasite or grain of sand). The mollusk produces a pearl as a way of protecting itself from the foreign substance. Natural pearls occur spontaneously (and rarely) in the wild, while cultured pearls require human intervention and stimulation. It is for this reason that natural pearls are far less common and thus much more valuable. Since pearls are borne from the sea, they are often associated with the water and moon (lunar tides) and are said to balance emotions. Ancient Arabs believed pearls were created by moonlight-filled dewdrops which fell from the heavens into the sea and swallowed by oysters. Pearls are often associated with debutants and brides and are therefore symbols of innocence and purity. A strand of pearls is one of the most elegant pieces of jewelry (not flashy like the diamond), and it’s the traditional birthstone for June. Some believe the pearl attracts wealth and prosperity as well as love. The English borrowed the word “pearl” from the Late Latin “perla” (meaning the same). Naming girls after precious gemstones became fashionable in the late 19th century and Pearl, Ruby and Opal were at the top of the list (names like Diamond, Jade and Amber would come much later in the 20th century).

Popularity of the Name Pearl

Pearl was at the top of her game in America at the turn of the 20th century. In the year 1900, this old favorite was the 24th most popular girl’s name in the country. Pearl stayed on the Top 50 list until 1912 and the Top 100 until 1927. It was from this point on that this precious gemstone began to lose her luster. Pearl gradually fell in popularity as the decades continued into last century, and then she completely disappeared from the charts in 1987. What was once a stylish choice had now become outdated and passé. However, the lovely Pearl has recently made a reappearance on the charts in the past few years (although gemstone Ruby’s comeback into fashion has greatly overshadowed Pearl’s modest beauty on the charts). American parents were actually reminded of this quaintly darling name in 2007 when Will Farrell did a viral comic skit with his friend’s three year old daughter (Pearl) called “The Landlord”. Now that celebrity Jack Osbourne just named his daughter Pearl in 2012 we expect to see more of this charming one-syllable hidden gemstone in coming years. Pearl is so cute for a little girl, yet elegant and understated on mature women. Try and get ahead of the trend and grab this name while you can! It’s rarely used right now, but we’re sure it’s soon to be “cultured” among the masses.
Popularity of the Girl Name Pearl
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Pearl

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Pearl

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Pearl

    Pearl (The Scarlet Letter) Pearl is the “love child” of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, set in 17th century Puritan Salem, Massachusetts. Pearl is a beautiful and intelligent child, who is prone to mood shifts, capriciousness and to perceptive questioning of the adults around her. Her mother wears the red cloth “A” upon her bosom at all times as the sign of her adulterous affair, and Pearl seems almost as attached to this symbol of her mother’s transgression as she is to her mother herself. When Hester temporarily removes it, Pearl insists on its being put back. Pearl is as much reminder of the past as is the scarlett letter; she and her mother are shunned by the villagers and forced into isolation together. The very nature of this isolation leads to self-examination, questioning and observation of the most innate truths of human nature – this is exactly how Hester redeems herself, and with her, the child, Pearl. When Pearl’s father is dying, she does not wipe his kiss from her brow, as she did before – now she freely and affectionately kisses him and weeps over him. This is the turning point for the child Pearl; hence forward she begins her own journey to a fulfilling and satisfying womanhood, one that has been prepared for and tempered by early suffering, one that will be lived to the fullest and truest. She is indeed a “Pearl of great price”.

  • Popular Songs on Pearl

    Popular Songs on Pearl

    Black Pearl - a song by Bryan Adams

    Daddy's Pearl - a song by Rick Springfield

    Less Than a Pearl - a song by Enya

    Mamas Pearl - a song by The Jackson 5

    Pearl - a song by Paula Cole

    Pearl - a song by The Mamas & The Papas

    Pearl - an album by Janis Joplin

    Pearl - a song by Chapterhouse

    Pearl - a song by Katy Perry

    Pearl Necklace - a song by ZZ Top

    Pearl of the Quarter - a song by Steely Dan

    The Pearl - a song by Emmylou Harris

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Pearl

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Pearl

    Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up (Cynthia Rylant) - Brownie and Pearl should be getting ready for bed. But instead of hitting the hay, they decide to play dress-up. They don pearls, apply powder, and add glitter galore. And when they make their sparkly debut, Mom and Dad can’t help but agree: Brownie and Pearl are so dolled up! With its adorable characters, sweet storyline, and vibrant illustrations, this second installment in the Brownie & Pearl series is certain to delight young dress-up fans across the land. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Brownie & Pearl Go for a Spin (Cynthia Rylant) - Brownie & Pearl take to the streets! Brownie and Pearl have a new toy car! Join them as they cruise around the neighborhood, greeting neighbors, delivering the mail, and—yum!—sharing tasty carry-out snacks. With their simple stories, bold, graphic illustrations, and pitch-perfect moments of humor, the books in Cynthia Rylant’s acclaimed Brownie & Pearl series are a wonderful choice for babies, emerging readers, and everyone in between! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Brownie & Pearl Step Out (Cynthia Rylant) - Meet Brownie, a little girl with a flair for the frou-frou, and Pearl, her feisty feline sidekick! They’re heading out on the town for a birthday party, and the celebration is certain to be filled with friends and presents and games and treats. But when Brownie feels shy about ringing the doorbell, will Pearl be able to revive her stepping-out spirit? With its simple, snappy sentences and bright, adorable artwork, the Brownie & Pearl series is a playful introduction to the power of the picture book experience. This book is part of a series. More titles available in the Brownie and Pearl series! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Hugs from Pearl (Paul Schmid) - How can a prickly little porcupine named Pearl with a big heart give hugs that don't require Band-Aids? Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Pearl (Debby Atwell) - Pearl is the story of a little girl who recounts her family’s ups and downs, each moment defined by a historical landmark, from the inauguration of George Washington through the hardship of the Civil War to the Wright brothers’ first flight to the Great Depression and eventually a walk on the moon. Evocative paintings beautifully capture the essence of the United States. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends (Kate McMullan) - Part of a series. More titles available. Wagner the mouse and his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, decide to build a trash-eating robot for the science fair. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    PEARL 赛珍珠 (R. Lee Salkind Meliment) - She has been almost forgotten in the passage of time. She won the Pulitzer Prize, and later accepted the Nobel for Literature– but she has been largely ignored by the country of her birth, and her works have often been banned in the country she adopted as her home. Pearl S. Buck was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, and her novels achieved critical acclaim. But Pearl was much more than just a writer. She was the child of missionaries in war-torn China, the voice of a people who had little voice of their own, and a woman of clear-eyed vision who sought challenge at every turn. She found success in the midst of personal heartbreak, and throughout her life story– from the young girl without a care in pre-revolutionary China, to an elderly woman railing against the social blacklist of international adoption – Pearl S. Buck was a vehicle for change. "Pearl" is a beautifully-crafted story by R. Lee Salkind Meliment on the early years of the legendary writer's life and career. A perfect book for everyone in the family to enjoy- both adult and young alike! Recommended for ages young adult.

    Pearl: The Cloud Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Weather Fairies have lost their magical feathers! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each Weather Fairies book. Read all seven books to help bring the weather back to Fairyland! Fairyland is home to the seven Weather Fairies! With the help of Doodle the rooster and his magical feathers, they bring all of the weather to Fairyland. But when evil Jack Frost and his goblins steal the feathers, the weather turns wacky. It's up to the Weather Fairies to fix it -- fast! When everyone in Wetherbury becomes gloomy, Rachel and Kirsty think the cloud feather might be to blame. Can Pearl the Cloud Fairy help the girls find it? Or is Pearl down in the dumps, too? Find one feather in each book and fix the weather in Fairyland! Recommended for ages 4-8.

Personality of the Girl Name Pearl

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Pearl

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