Pamela Name Meaning & Origin

Pamela

Pronunciation: PA-mə-lə (key)

Origin of the name Pamela:

Coined by the English poet and statesman Sir Philip Sydney (1554 - 86) for the name of a character in his pastoral Arcadia. It seems to have been pure invention, for there are no other names upon which it could have been based. The name was originally pronounced pam-EE-lah, and in the 18th century pah-MEL-lah. It was not until the 20th century that the pronunciation evolved to PAM-ah-lah and the name became common.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Pam, Pamala, Pamella

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Nicknames for Pamela

Pam, Pammy, Melly, Ela, Pama-lama-lamela, Pammie

Meanings and history of the name Pamela

This name is believed to have been invented by Sir Philip Sidney for his novel "Arcadia". Some think he contrived it from two Greek words: "pan", meaning "all", and "meli", meaning honey. Thus, Pamela could be taken to mean "sweet all through" or "all sweetness".

Famous real-life people named Pamela

Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, ambassador, socialite, and wife of (respectively) Randolph Churchill, Leland Hayward, and Averell Harriman
Pamela Anderson, model and actress, star of 80s television show "Baywatch"
Pamela Sue Martin, actress, known for her roles in the 1980s such as "Nancy Drew" and as Claudia Carrington in "Dynasty"
Pamela Courson, longtime companion and common-law wife of musician Jim Morrison
Pamela "Miss Pamela" Des Barres, American rock groupie and author
Pamela Gay, American astronomer, educator, podcaster, and writer
Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Australian clinical psychologist, writer, actress and comedian
Pam Dawber, actress

Pamela in song, story & screen

Pamela is the title and main character of Samuel Richardson's controversial 1741 novel. Henry Fielding wrote "Shamela" in response.

Toto had a song "Pamela" in the 80s.

Pamela Barnes Ewing on "Dallas."

Pamela "Pam" Crandal from the Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt

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