(f) Pamela was first used by Sir Philip Sidney
in his Arcadia (1590). Already familiar at that time was
the name Pamphilus, ‘beloved of all,’ which occurred
popular twelfth-century Latin poem. It was well enough
known to lead eventually to the word pamphlet. There had earlier
been several martyrs named Pamphilus, and modern French ecclesiastical
authorities regard Pamela as a feminine version ofthat name. Samuel
Richardson named his servant- girl heroine Pamela in his novel
of that name (1740), thus making it a working-class name for centuries.
This stigma disappeared by the 1950’s, when the name became
generally, but quietly, popular throughout Britain. It remains
in steady use in Scotland.
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