What does Cleopatra mean?
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.
How popular is Cleopatra?
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)
Cleta, Cleo and Berenice are the prominent alternative forms of Cleopatra (not ranked) listed in the Top 1000. Forms like Berenisa are uncommon. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4523%) and is now much lower, with the forms Berenice, Cleo and Cleta becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Cleopatra and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)