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Invented by the Elizabethan pastoral poet Sir Philip Sidney (1554–86), in whose verse it is stressed on the second syllable. There is no clue to the sources that influenced Sidney in this coinage. It was later taken up by Samuel Richardson for the name of the heroine of his novel Pamela (1740). In Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews (1742), which started out as a parody of Pamela, Fielding comments that the name is ‘very strange’.
74th in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
836,956
to be exact
West Virginia
has the most people named Pamela per capita
1954
marked the height of its popularity
99.98%
0.02%
42%
55+
53%
30-54
4%
13-29
2%
0-12

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