Pearl Meaning and Origin

Pretty, classic, and dainty, Pearl embodies effortless elegance. If you love vintage names in a modern context, this is one of the most stylish options around. The name Pearl is a girl’s name meaning “precious gemstone” and is of English origin. Pearl is a feminine given name that originated from the English word for the gemstone of the same name. The name Pearl has been in use since the 19th century and gained popularity in the early 1900s, particularly in the United States. Pearls are associated with innocence, elegance, beauty, and preciousness, as pearls are highly valued and prized gemstones. According to ancient Vedic texts, pearls are considered the daughter of the Moon, borne of the Earth’s waters, and heaven’s powers. In Western culture, the gem has astrological associations and is the birthstone for June. Some notable people with the name Pearl include the American author Pearl S. Buck, the British politician Baroness Pearl Jephcott, and the American singer Pearl Bailey. In literature, Pearl is the name of the narrator’s daughter in the poem “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck and the name of the protagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novella “The Birthmark”. In music, there is a song titled “Pearl” by Katy Perry, as well as an album titled “Pearl” by Janis Joplin, which was released posthumously. 

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