The name Pamela is primarily a female name of English origin that means All Honey, Sweetness.
The name was invented by Sir Philip Sidney for a poem titled "Arcadia" in the 1580s; used by Samuel Richardson for his novel Pamela in the 1740s.
In most English speaking countries Pamela peaked in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, with the name first becoming popular in England & Wales in the 1930s. In Scotland and France the name was more commonly given in the 1980s. It no longer ranks on popularity name lists for any country. Pam or Pammy are common nicknames.
Famous bearers include: Pamela Anderson, actress. Pam Grier, actress. Pam Dawber, actress. Pamela Reed, actress.