Jewel

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Jewel (plural Jewels)

  1. A female given name from the noun jewel, used since the end of the 19th century.
    • 1900 Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Chapter 28
      Jewel he called her; and he would say this as he might have said "Jane," don't you know--with a marital, homelike, peaceful effect. I heard the name for the first time ten minutes after I had landed in his courtyard, when, after nearly shaking my arm off, he darted up the steps and began to make a joyous, boyish disturbance at the door under the heavy eaves. "Jewel! O Jewel! Quick! Here's a friend come,"
    • 1922 F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
      "Of course Gladys and Eleanor, having graced the last generation of heroines and being at present in their social prime, will be passed on to the next generation of shopgirls -"
      "Displacing Ella and Stella," interrupted Dick.
      "And Pearl and Jewel,", Gloria added cordially, " and Earl and Elmer and Minnie."
      "And then I'll come along," remarked Dick, "and picking up the obsolete name, Jewel, I'll attach it to some quaint and attractive character and it'll start its career all over again."
  2. A male given name, a variant of Jewell, or from "jewel" like the female name.