Name: Pamela

Origin and Meaning of the Name Pamela

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    (PAM eh lah)
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    Pamela was created by the 16th century English poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney for the name of a character in his pastoral "Arcadia". It's possible that the meaning is "honeyed sweetness" or "honey."

    Pamela was later the name of British writer Samuel Richardson's heroine in "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" in the 1740's. His Pamela is a chaste and wilful country girl who does not give in to her employer's advances towards her. Moved, the gentleman will ultimately make her his wife.

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