Come talk to me about Pearl???

(73 Posts)
LuluLovesYou Sun 10-Mar-13 14:22:40

So after thinking I was settled on a name I now have been tempted by Pearl. What do you think? Do you know any (under the age of 70)...... If so, do they like being called Pearl? I think it would be nice on a little girl!

Theas18 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:27:23

No don't know any under,70 but why not.great name.

Moominsarehippos Sun 10-Mar-13 14:29:11

Pearl's a singer...

sunnyshine Sun 10-Mar-13 14:30:43

Love love it!! Gorgeous!

pixi2 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:32:37

I love it.

Moominsarehippos Sun 10-Mar-13 14:35:33

How does it go with your surname? Please tell me it's not Gates.

insanityscratching Sun 10-Mar-13 14:45:56

My dd's name isn't Pearl (it's Lucy) but it's what she has been called since her earliest days by everyone who knows her and it's what she answers to and calls herself. I love the name and dd was called it initially because she is small and precious.She's 10 now and have never had any bad reactions to Pearl as a name.

LuluLovesYou Sun 10-Mar-13 15:40:06

Awh that's a lovely story insanity! Moom no it's not gates!

Moominsarehippos Sun 10-Mar-13 15:46:32

Please let it be Dean then!

Rhubarbgarden Sun 10-Mar-13 15:59:59

I like it. Don't know any.

RooneyMara Sun 10-Mar-13 16:10:36

it's nice, I only know of one and she's a teenager. It's lovely.

everlong Sun 10-Mar-13 19:31:58

Pearl is in the same category as Ivy, Iris, Evelyn of which I can't stand.

But for some reason I quite like Pearl.

racingheart Sun 10-Mar-13 19:35:17

I love it. There's a stunning medieval poem called Pearl written from the point of view of a father about his daughter.

iheartmycat Sun 10-Mar-13 20:35:09

I'm afraid I immediately thought of pearl necklace... Which would be awful for her in her teen years.

NightmareSpoon Sun 10-Mar-13 20:37:51

I know 2 Pearls. I love it.

determinedma Sun 10-Mar-13 21:14:31

In Scotland it will be pronounced Peril

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Sun 10-Mar-13 21:16:38

Love it.

Jellykat Sun 10-Mar-13 21:28:31

Lovely name.

JollyYellowGiant Sun 10-Mar-13 21:33:30

Agree with determined. In a Scottish accent it sounds dire. Peril.

WinkyWinkola Sun 10-Mar-13 21:34:45

It's beautiful.

ClaraBean Sun 10-Mar-13 21:50:12

I have a 7 year old Pearl, and I love it.
She wishes she was called Shirley!

Teapot13 Mon 11-Mar-13 05:55:20

I like it but if you are nervous you could use Margaret (or a form of it - Margot) and use Pearl as a nickname.

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 11-Mar-13 06:04:02

I don't know any Pearl's really like it

williaminajetfighter Mon 11-Mar-13 06:06:13


briochedanslefour Mon 11-Mar-13 06:23:23

Pearl was top of my list but dh vetoed as had a cat named Pearl. We chose Margot instead as it means Pearl. I think its a beautiful name.

seeker Mon 11-Mar-13 06:32:07

Why would you be nervous? It's lovely.

seeker Mon 11-Mar-13 06:34:02

Only problem I can see is that in our neck of the woods (SE estuarine) it would be pronounced Pewl.

Moominsarehippos Mon 11-Mar-13 07:01:22

Where I'm from it would sound like 'Peril'.

chimchar Mon 11-Mar-13 07:03:52

Jack Osbournes baby girl is Pearl....I think its lovely.

xigris Mon 11-Mar-13 07:04:27

Love it! I know a lovely girl called Pearl. It's a beautiful name

exoticfruits Mon 11-Mar-13 07:11:38

It is a name that will date- as it has with the old ladies.

TheYamiOfYawn Mon 11-Mar-13 07:18:44

I know a lovely baby Pearl.

baskingseals Mon 11-Mar-13 07:26:40

i think Pearl is stunning. wish i had thought of it for dd - along with quite a few other names actually.

the meaning is just so lovely.

Glaikit Mon 11-Mar-13 07:31:51

I'm in the peril camp too, sorry, if I try to say it in one syllable it ends up as purl. I would chose it for that reason , but if you can see past the different pronunciations the sentiment behind the name is lovely.

Love pearls a sing though!

DolomitesDonkey Mon 11-Mar-13 07:36:23

seeker that's funny given the only pearl I know is SE Lahndahn.

Locketjuice Mon 11-Mar-13 07:40:10

Just makes me think pearl necklace which is a very nice association when you are thinking of the same dirty thing as me hmm sorry!

Locketjuice Mon 11-Mar-13 07:40:31


sunnysunnyshine Mon 11-Mar-13 07:55:56

Love it, it's on my list too.

telsa Mon 11-Mar-13 09:17:41


Moominsarehippos Mon 11-Mar-13 12:37:01

I don't think it will date as it isn't trendy at the moment - there was a plethora of little Olive/Olivia's, Jacks, Rubys, Graces... over the past few years but I haven't met a Pearl. Its lovely because although its unusual, people will know how to spell and pronounce it (regional differences aside!), and its not an 'ugly' name ifkwim (like Gertrude, or Norah - apologies to any Trudies out there).

ZolaBuddleia Mon 11-Mar-13 16:32:25

I love it, but wondered about the necklace association too.

MerryMarigold Mon 11-Mar-13 16:38:34

I don't like it. But neither do I like Ruby. And I would put it in the same category.

I don't like it but partly because I really don't like nns being "given names" iyswim, I perceive Pearl as being a nn of Margaret.

I do realise this is a controversial topic.and that I am a pedant.

Pearl isn't a nn of Margaret, it is what the name Margaret means. Things like Maggie, Mags, Meg are nns of Pearl.

Anyway I know a Pearl in her 40s. She's just Pearl. She's really nice! smile

MadeinMarch Tue 12-Mar-13 10:53:01

Love it. That is all smile

I meant nns of Margaret, not Pearl! blush

Lutrine Wed 13-Mar-13 08:17:09

I really like it!

sunnysunnyshine Thu 14-Mar-13 17:33:14

OP do you have any ideas for middle names? Just bring nosy really as this is one on our list that we can't think of any middle names for... smile

LuLuLovesYou Thu 14-Mar-13 17:40:06

Sunshine I was thinking maybe
Pearl Clementine
Pearl Violet
Pearl Iris
Pearl Ophelia
Pearl India
Pearl Juno
Pearl Beatrix

As you can see we are nowhere near settled yet on a middle name but those are my faves. What are you thinking? smile

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 17:52:12

I have an irrational(?) dislike of this name. It sounds so frumpy, middle-aged to me; way off old lady chic.

Plus, pearls... <meh> they're such a dated piece of jewellery. Add in the pearl necklace phenomenon and I dunno...

But I am clearly very much in the minority!!

MolotovCocktail Thu 14-Mar-13 19:39:38

I absolutely love the name and wanted it for DD2. Our surname begins with P, though, so it didn't sound right: too alliterative.

We went with a middle name which means 'precious like a pearl' for her. And indeed she is - the 2 years and 6 cycles of Clomid it took for her to show her shiney face seem worth it, as I look at her at almost 1yo snuggling up to me grin

ZZZenAgain Thu 14-Mar-13 19:43:25

I don't like it but it seems to be popular judging by the responses on here.

sunnysunnyshine Fri 15-Mar-13 20:03:32

All really pretty middle names too. I especially like Pearl Clementine. A long middle name works with such a short first name.

CruCru Sat 16-Mar-13 21:31:47

I knew a Pearl growing up. I can't imagine a 35 year old Pearl with a job, husband and kids. Think it's more a name for an old lady or a tiny girl.

Minty82 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:52:41

Not a fan I'm afraid...but it looks like there are plenty!

Minty82 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:15:06

Of fans, that is, not Pearls!

anonymosity Sun 17-Mar-13 00:25:35

Its an old ladies name, an old lady with a crystal ball

Neverdonethisbefore Sun 17-Mar-13 06:53:04

My 6 month old daughter is called Pearl. We've only had compliments about how beautiful a name it is. Only my MIL had to 'come to terms' with her name! We felt it wasn't a popular name but still one that everyone could spell and say withough her having to repeat it over and over again. Go for it!

raisah Sun 17-Mar-13 08:05:12

Pearl is a lovely timeless name, makes a change from all the Avs and Esmes that are v popular. I know a lady called diamond which is unusual as well. Fyi Lulu is the Arabic word for pearl & is also used as a baby name.

Ninjacat Sun 17-Mar-13 08:31:57

I'm a bit biased on this one.
My three week old daughter is Pearl.
We love her name, it suits her. I can't imagine her as anything else.
We didn't tell any family members our thoughts on names before she was born though so as to avoid opinions really.
Now they can only give us compliments, it would be rude to comment on a name that's already given wink
An uncle of mine who is a fisherman sent a message to say he loved her name as a Pearl is "the diamond of the sea".

jchocchip Sun 17-Mar-13 08:35:19

Know one who is 40. Thought it unusual at first but very pretty name and obv coming back in smile

LuLuLovesYou Sun 17-Mar-13 11:25:04

Aah it's great to hear that there are little baby Pearls out there.....what kind of reactions do you get from people when they hear her name?

50shadesofknackered Sun 17-Mar-13 16:47:53

I don't know any but I love it! It would have been a serious contender for dd2 if dh hadn't vetoed.

Laquila Sun 17-Mar-13 16:55:27

I think it's a gorgeous name but I have to say, for me it's one of those names like Daisy, Millie, Maisie, Molly etc, that sound lovely on little girls but maybe not so good on career women trying to be taken seriously 25 years later (IMHO)

Countrygirlatheart Sun 17-Mar-13 16:57:04

My Mum's name was Pearl and my Auntie's was Ruby. Both lovely names.

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 17-Mar-13 22:00:43

Love it

abbyfromoz Sun 17-Mar-13 22:50:27

My sister's middle name is Pearl. I have always thought it's pretty. My middle name is Rose... Mum told me when the nurses in the labour ward heard the names they were joking that they were old lady names. She was very hmm
That was almost 30 years ago but i think Pearl is a beautiful timeless name.

nooka Sun 17-Mar-13 23:06:28

Not keen personally, I think it is very old lady, and for me is also a bit Pearly Queen too.

I do struggle to think of it as being timeless but it might be unusual enough not to date too badly - it is having a bit of a resurgence:

But then I don't like any of the jewel names, Ruby, Beryl etc.

sunnyday123 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:48:46

I love pearl but it didnt match by surname sadly

ZolaBuddleia Mon 18-Mar-13 19:15:00


MsAkimbo Mon 18-Mar-13 20:00:26

I love it. Great choice!

Anjou Tue 19-Mar-13 02:38:36

Some people will always make associations with a name, so I understand why people might think/say 'old lady' or think about the expression 'pearl necklace'! Most people will just associate it with your daughter when they meet her though so, personally, I wouldn't worry about any perceived associations.

I think it's a pretty word, but agree that the pronunciation where I am wouldn't be great. This may well not be a problem for you though, OP.

Personally, I find names of one syllable a bit short (I know that's the point!). How about Perla as an alternative? I know a 3 yr old Perla and I think it's sweet. Obviously some people will think of the underwear brand 'La Perla' but I don't think M&S has put anyone off of naming kids Mark or Spencer! smile

Good luck!

WinkyWinkola Tue 19-Mar-13 12:12:56

What's so wrong with old lady associations anyway?

I know quite a few lovely old ladies.

Is it not kind of offensive to reject something as being 'old lady'?

Pearl necklace is just revolting and not something I'd heard of until my dh enlightened me. Perhaps most people don't have such associations with a beautiful name.

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