Meaning and Name Origin
Cleopatra \c-leopat-ra, cle(o)-pa-tra\ as a girls' name is pronounced klee-oh-PAT-rah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cleopatra is "glory of the father". From Kleopatra, derived from "kleo" and "pater", and the name of many queens in the Ptolemaic royal family of Egypt (as Berenice was), the most famous of whom was retold by Shakespeare in "Anthony and Cleopatra" (1606). She is portrayed as a passionate woman of great beauty. Her name is popular among those who want to mark their African roots. Also the name of a fourth-century Palestinian saint.
Cleopatra is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2655 out of 4276, Top 62%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Cleopatra and corresponding names. Cleta, Cleo and Berenice are the prominent alternative forms of Cleopatra (#unlisted). Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during the years 1910-1919 and is now much lower, with the forms Cleta, Cleo and Berenice becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)