Meaning and Origin of the Name Beryl

The name Beryl is a female name of Greek origin. The meaning of Beryl is a pale green precious stone from Sanskrit. It was the eighth biblical stone in the New Jerusalem wall.

Beryl was first used in the 19th century.

Beryl’s Popularity

Beryl’s popularity was more so in the British Isles than in the United States during the late 19th century through the middle 20th century. Beryl’s popularity peaked in Britain in the 1930s. Beryl is one of 10 vintage girls’ names that seems headed back to popularity.

Last year, according to British birth records, three baby girls were named Beryl in 2014. Despite Beryl’s resurgence, the name wasn’t considered one of the 100 most popular girl’s names for 2014.

Famous People Named Beryl

English television producer, Beryl Ventue founded and chaired Hartswood Films, an independent production company back in 1988.

Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge from Liverpool, England, was the recipient for the Witbread awards in 1977 and 1996 for best novel. Bainbridge was nominated 5 times for the Booker prize because of her outstanding writing.

Beryl has become a popular name for fictional characters. Beryl Patmore is the cook in the ITV series, Downtown Abbey.

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