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Pearl

Pearl refers to a smooth rounded bead produced within the shell of a mollusk. This happens when a microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk. Natural pearls that occur without human intervention are very rare, making them very valuable. The name comes from Old French perle from Latin perla from perula meaning “little bag” derived from Ancient Greek pḗra (bag, satchel, wallet). It may also be derived from *pernula from Latin perna meaning “leg, haunch, gammon”, used to refer to a kind of mussel because of the shape of the mollusks. It derives from PIE *tpḗrsneh₂ (heel, upper thigh) from root *sperH- (to kick). Pearl is also a surname, likely originating as an occupational name for someone who traded in pearls. Although very popular for girls, it was also used for boys in the early 20th century.

Nicknames: Perlie, Pearlie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Perla (Italian, Spanish)
  • Perlita (Italian & Spanish diminutive of Perla)
  • Perle (French, Yiddish)
  • Perele (Yiddish)
  • Pearle (English)
  • Pearla (English)
  • Perlina (Italian, Spanish, English)
  • Perline (French)

 

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